Just three days before we were all burning models of Guy Fawkes for wanting to blow up politicians (a man truly ahead of his time) we took a look at another technology possibly ahead of its time: Intel’s first quad core processor, the QX6700. Now, two months on, the line has finally been expanded.
A trio of four core CPUs appeared today with one for consumers – the Core 2 Quad Q6600 – and two for servers – the Core 2 Quad Xeon X3210 and X3220.
The former clocks in at 2.4 GHz and – unlike the QX6700 – is not based on the power hungry 130W Kentsfield design but a more efficient 80W model codenamed ‘Clovertown’. Like Kentsfield however it still sports 8MB cache and supports a 1066MHz FSB. In comparison to the QX6700 ($999) the debut price has dropped to $851 when bought in 1,000 unit quantities.
Looking to the future, we can expect lower clocked Q6300 (1.86Ghz) and Q6400 (2.13GHz) Clovertown offshoots to follow soon as Intel tries to push quad core to the mainstream.
As for the Xeon X3210 and X3220 these are 2.13GHz and 2.4GHz quad core processors respectively and both boast 8MB cache and 1066MHz FSBs. The X3220 is priced identically to the Q6600 with the X3210 coming in at $690, again in batches of 1,000.
So now we just need to software to catch up to the hardware, much in the same way the public need to catch up to the vision of Guy Fawkes…