The next Xtreme Edition comes with 4 cores

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  1. chainbolt

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    It looks like Intel has canned the 3.2 GHz Extreme Edition, and will launch instead a 4 core processor (Kentsfield core) clocked a 2.66 GHz in Q4 2005 as thenext Extreme Edition.

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/display/20060817124626.html
     
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    Oh goody, I want one of those babies, and with this MSI Conroe mobo I have - no need to change boards either... :D
     
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    Q4 2006 is pretty soon. I guess we will soon see which boards are really 4 core capable.
     
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    seems like good news more cores the better :D also chainy u made a typo

    it should 2006
     
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    I'm all for it as long as it provides for faster processing and not PR hype. It all seems too familiar if the claims are true. The early signs of another mhz war but in the form of the # of cores a CPU has.

    If they were to implement it with say, 4 execution units with shared cache which improved efficiency over previous designs like Conroe (2 exec units with shared cache) has proven, then that would be something to tout about. However if all they're doing is blu-tacing another Conroe core onto the die thus making it a "quad core" CPU, then it's just a modern recreation of the Pentium D design which to be honest isn't very efficient as we all know.
     
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    4 instances of folding - I can't wait. Hope the Asus board I have is compatible.
     
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    so whos selling their E6600's? :p
     
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    probably sell one of mine after i get a new cpu very soon ;) :D
     
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    All indications so far show it as two Conroe dies on a single substrate. Ala Pentium D. Eventually we may see full integration but considering the size of the die, yields would be less than ideal which probably accounts for why Presler went to a dual die instead of single die setup. Full integration for a native quad core design is most likely on the cards, but not likely in the short term. It may make more sense when 45nm hits if yields are good.

    For reference K8L is slated to be native quad core, one piece of silicon. The X2 has always been native dual core also. It should be possible to integrate everything, it's just a matter of when.
     
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    This is so confusing. E6600 E6700 E6800 E7000 what should i get?. I want to overclock.
     
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    well, for the current range, you better go for a 6400 or 6600, best value for overlocking money. The 4 core processor is still almost half a year away, will cost a fortune, and we don't know how a "package" of 4 cores will overclock. You will be always as good as the "worst" of the 4 cores. :)
     
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    That brings an interesting question. What designs so far have allowed for independent core frequencies through changing the multiplier and voltage? If something like this does not exist (which for the moment I think it might not) when will we see it? Will it be in the upcoming Merom chips?

    I could have sworn I read something about independent core frequencies being put into the design of some mobile chips. I just cannot remember what chips and where I read it. I think Yonah allows for independent frequencies, but not voltage. Something to do with the extra die space from more voltage circuitry.

    Anyone care to comment?
     
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    That for sure does not come with Merom, which is essentially just a Conroe core. It would be also interesting to have the capability to disable individual cores.
     
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    Is there any real reason a gamer would want a quad core over a dual running at a higher clock speed? You know, since Intel is marketing the c2d ee at the gamer market primarily.
     
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    i don't imagine for gaming or windows in general would really need anything more than a dual core CPU.

    at this point i'd be more interested in a implementation of (anti-hyperthreading) which AMD is working on should quad cores come along. with quad cores, i highly doubt that many will truly use all of the processing headroom thus an anti-hyperthreading algorithm could be of value just like HT which brought good multi-tasking ability to single cores at the time.
     

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