So you have a shiny new dual core system, you’re feeling pretty cutting edge and reaping the multitasking benefits, then – inevitably – technology has to go and make you feel small again. After all, that’s what it does…
After Intel demonstrated its first four core chip this week we’re inclined to feel a little limp about our X2s and Pentium Ds (actually, we already felt that way about the Pentium D). Codenamed Clovertown, it is a server CPU that the chip giant will begin shipping to companies later this year, with market penetration expect in early 2007. Around the same time the company will also launch ‘Tigerton’, another four core chip designed to fit into servers with four or more sockets.
Given that AMD undisputedly spanked Intel in the dual core stakes last year it’s promising to see it coming back strongly now. It has become fashionable to many to only want AMD performance victories, but – in truth – a competitive market is the most positive situation with both companies keeping one another on their toes. AMD, which has been the first to announce so many processor innovations in recent years, is for once behind Intel in a technological demonstration.
That said, AMD probably isn’t sweating too much at this stage because it knows Intel will have to spend many moons working out how to explain what the new ‘Pentium Q’ (or whatever it’s called) is. By contrast it’ll just go with the X4, which is far more sensible.