Since day one Intel has bigged up Core 2 Duo. The chip giant knew it had been right royally ass kicked by AMD in terms of price and performance over the last few years but suddenly it was onto a winner (something Spode’s review confirmed earlier this month). Well, the wait is over, now we can all get our mitts on them…
Unleashed today are no less than 10 Core 2 Duo variants. All based on the reduced 65nm manufacturing process, they claim to offer up to 40 per cent more kick and 40 per cent more energy efficiency compared to the company’s disappointing Pentium 4s.
Five desktop processors will head up the launch with the Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 (2.93GHz, 1066FSB, 4MB cache), Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66GHz, 1066FSB, 4MB cache), E6600 (2.4GHz, 1066FSB, 4MB cache), E6400 (2.13GHz, 1066FSB, 2MB cache) and E6300 (1.86GHz, 1066FSB, 2MB cache) all out now for $999, $530, $316, $224 and $183 respectively.
Following these in late August will be the mobile range which is comprised of the Intel Core 2 Duo T7600 (2.33GHz, 667FSB, 4MB cache), T7400 (2.16GHz, 667FSB, 4MB cache), T7200 (2.00GHz, 667FSB, 4MB cache), T5600 (1.83GHz, 667FSB, 2MB cache) and the T5500 (1.66GHz, 667FSB, 2MB cache). Retail prices for these bad boys have yet to be announced.
Predictably, Intel CEO Paul Otellini could barely disguise his joy proclaiming that “Core 2 Duo processors are simply the best processors in the world. Not since Intel introduced the Pentium processor has the industry seen the heart of the computer reinvented like this.”
Now while I’m happy for him to be frank no market sector should be as heavily one sided as it has been in the CPU world over the last few years. AMD has simply smashed Intel for about three years now which is totally unacceptable. So take the win guys but recognise it is long overdue and, for heaven’s sake, watch your back…