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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770: Paper Tiger?
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Name Code Name Clock Speed Cache FSB Production Process
Core 2 Extreme QX9770 Yorkfield 4x 3200 MHz 2x 6144 kB 400 MHz 45 nm
Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Yorkfield 4x 3000 MHz 2x 6144 kB 333 MHz 45 nm
Name Code Name Clock Speed Cache FSB Production Process
Core 2 Extreme QX6850 Kentsfield 4x 3000 MHz 2x 4096 kB 333 MHz 65 nm
Core 2 Extreme QX6800 Kentsfield 4x 2933 MHz 2x 4096 kB 266 MHz 65 nm
Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Kentsfield 4x 2666 MHz 2x 4096 kB 266 MHz 65 nm
Core 2 Extreme Q6700 Kentsfield 4x 2666 MHz 2x 4096 kB 266 MHz 65 nm
Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 4x 2400 MHz 2x 4096 kB 266 MHz 65 nm
Name Code Name Clock Speed Cache FSB Production Process
Core 2 Extreme X6800 Conroe XE 2x 2933 MHz 1x 4096 kB 266 MHz 65 nm
Core 2 Duo E6850 Conroe 2x 3000 MHz 1x 4096 kB 333 MHz 65 nm
Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2x 2666 MHz 1x 4096 kB 333 MHz 65 nm
Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2x 2333 MHz 1x 4096 kB 333 MHz 65 nm
Core 2 Duo E6540 Conroe 2x 2333 MHz 1x 4096 kB 333 MHz 65 nm
Core 2 Duo E6700 Conroe 2x 2667 MHz 1x 4096 kB 266 MHz 65 nm
Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2x 2400 MHz 1x 4096 kB 266 MHz 65 nm
Name Code Name Clock Speed Cache FSB Production Process
Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe-2048 2x 2133 MHz 1x 2048 kB 266 MHz 65 nm
Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe-2048 2x 1866 MHz 1x 2048 kB 266 MHz 65 nm
Core 2 Duo E6420 Conroe 2x 2133 MHz 1x 4096 kB 266 MHz 65 nm
Core 2 Duo E6320 Conroe 2x 1866 MHz 1x 4096 kB 266 MHz 65 nm
Core 2 Duo E6400 Allendale 2x 2133 MHz 1x 2048 kB 266 MHz 65 nm
Core 2 Duo E6300 Allendale 2x 1866 MHz 1x 2048 kB 266 MHz 65 nm
Core 2 Duo E4600 Allendale 2x 2400 MHz 1x 2048 kB 200 MHz 65 nm
Core 2 Duo E4500 Allendale 2x 2200 MHz 1x 2048 kB 200 MHz 65 nm
Core 2 Duo E4400 Allendale 2x 2000 MHz 1x 2048 kB 200 MHz 65 nm
Core 2 Duo E4300 Allendale 2x 1800 MHz 1x 2048 kB 200 MHz 65 nm
Name Code Name Clock Speed Cache FSB Production Process
Pentium Dual CoreE2180 Conroe-L 2x 2000 MHz 1x 1024 kB 200 MHz 65 nm
Pentium Dual CoreE2160 Conroe-L 2x 1800 MHz 1x 1024 kB 200 MHz 65 nm
Pentium Dual CoreE2140 Conroe-L 2x 1600 MHz 1x 1024 kB 200 MHz 65 nm
Pricing

Since the QX9770 belongs to the Extreme Edition line of processors, we can say with almost complete certainty that it will cost $1,470 or more. We also expect the QX9770 and QX9650 to be sold alongside each other for a while, since upgrading to a new (X48-based) platform is not attractive for buyers, especially considering the non-existent performance benefit. On the other hand, since both the platform and the processor are aimed at the enthusiast crowd, which is traditionally willing to pay higher prices for exclusive components, we expect that the QX9770 will initially sell at a higher price than the QX9650.

Intel is in an excellent position. The Core 2 Extreme QX9770 is not yet available, and the performance of AMD's Phenom processor is still an unknown quantity. This gives Intel some time to make a final decision regarding the retail price.

Due to the uncertainty it entails, we don't see paper launches (or pre-launches, if you prefer) such as this as helpful for the buyers. it is unlikely that a paper launched processor such as this will change anyone's buying decision....

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