Intel® Core™2 Duo and Core™2 Extreme
The Intel Core™2 Duo and Core™2 Extreme are the latest processors from Intel that challenges the AMD AM2.
Based on the Intel Core Microarchitecture design which replaces the old Netburst architecture, the Intel Core 2 will be the standard for desktop processors. We will not elaborate on the Core Microarchitecture as we have covered it here before. Some of them are EM64T, Virtualization Technology, and Execute Disable Bit. The release will also introduce LaGrande Technology, SSE4, Enhanced SpeedStep Technology, and Active Management Technology (iAMT2).
Two series will be available and they are the Core2 Duo and Core2 Extreme.
In conjuction with this article, we have written three reviews of mainboards running the X6800 processor. The three boards uses 3 different chipsets - Intel 975x, 945P and VIA PT880Pro. Check out how they compare to an o/c AM2 4000+ (2.81GHz).
Core™2 Duo and Core™2 Extreme
Core 2 Duo is to be built on a 65 nm process. Intel has claimed that Conroe will provide 40% more performance at 40% less power relative to the Pentium D.
The following chart is the pricing of the processors in quantities of 1 thousand on 23rd July.
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