Intel Readies QX6850 for 3Q ’07

The new chip will have a 3GHz clock with 1333MHz front side bus. Will built on a 65nm process and will have 8MB of L2 Cache.

No doubt an extremely fast processor, Penryn will be much faster, but this is fast.

Every time I hear about new Intel advancements I have to wonder what the heck AMD is doing with Barcelona. If Barcelona doesn’t deliver it will be very tough for AMD to catch up, right now Intel seems so far ahead it is a wonder if AMD will ever be able to catch up. I think they can but it will be quite some time before you see AMD’s highest end beating Intels highest end.


Dramatic AMD Price Cuts

AMD has yet again slashed prices to compete with Intel cutting prices on its entire line of processors. The highest end AM2 processor now tops out at $241. Even the Quad-FX processors have been cut in price the highest end being priced at $799/pair.

On the low end you will be able to pick up a Athlon 64 3200+ for $58 and a Athlon 64 X2 3600+ for $73. This is exactly what AMD needs to do until they can get Barcelona out, just keep working on Barcelona to make it as fast as possible all the while cutting prices to keep up with Intel.

AMD isn’t really hurt by not having the fastest processor. That is not where the mass market is, home users anyway, it is at the lower end where you see the most movement of processors. I think this price drop will help them tremendously. Even though Intel clearly has the best architecture AMD will soon roll out Barcelona, the only problem is it is only a matter of time before Intels next processors come out and blow Barcelona out of the water.

AMD get on the ball, I love your processors but your not quite up to speed with Intel. We all need you for lower prices, competition is great for consumers.

AMD Processors Pricing

[via TG Daily]

Penryn and Nehalem Coverage on the Net

TG Daily – Intel develops integrated memory controller for Nehalem processors

Slashdot – Intel next-gen CPU has integrated memory controller and GPU

AppleInsider – Intel details upcoming processor generations

bit-tech – Intel Penryn, Nehalem and the Future

engadget – More dirt on Intel’s Penryn / Nehalem architechture

theInquirer – Intel Penryn set to despoil pretty streets of AMD Barcelona

ExtremeTech – Intel Reveals More Penryn, Nehalem Details

theInquirer – Intel says Penryn will deal 45 percent speed boost

theInquirer – Intel talks specifically about Penryn

MacRumors – IntelDetails Chip Roadmap 2007-0: Penryn and Nehalem

Daily Tech – 3/28/2007 Daily Hardware Reviews — Intel “Penryn” and “Nehalem” Edition

TheRegister – Intel 45nm CPUs to clock above 3GHz

Anandtech – Intel: More Details on Penryn and Nehalem

Daily Tech – Intel Life After “Penryn”

New Quad-Core Core 2 Extreme Chip Surfaces

The Inquirer has an article telling about an interesting upcoming processor from Intel. It will be similar to the current high end desktop chip except it will run at 2.93GHz.

The processor is said to be showing up in the 3rd quarter of this year and will be $999.

[via Inquirer]