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by Mike Zazaian September 19, 2006 - 1:10pm, 4 Comments

Intel's upcoming Core 2 Quadro

While the release of Intel’s upcoming Core 2 Duo successor is immiment, no details regarding the quad-core chip have been released. That is, until now.

According to documents released within Intel the Core 2 Quadro Extreme Edition will be released in November of 2006, while the lower-clocked Kentsfield chip will debut in Q1 2007.

The Extreme Edition chip, officially called Core 2 Extreme QX6700, will clock at 2.66Ghz and feature a1066Mhz front-side bus and socket 775 compatibility. Like the rest of Intel’s Extreme Edition chips, the QX6700’s MSRP will begin at $999.

Kentsfield, unlike the Extreme Edition chip, has no set release date except for an open ended First Quarter 2007. Aside from a lower 2.4Ghz clock speed, Kentsfield be otherwise identical to its Extreme brethren. And while the Quadro moniker is already in use by a series of Nvidia video cards, Intel is set to use the name on the upcoming chip. There’s been no word, however, on what agreement was reached between Intel and Nvidia over the name.

Clovertown, a server version of the quad-core Kentsfield chip may also debut this year. Clovertown chips have already been distributed to larger tech periodicals for testing and reviews, but because of legal issues the results of any benchmarks have been kept secret up to this point. The only thing that is known for certain about Clovertown is that it’s compatibility with Apple’s Mac Pro will allow users drop-in compatibility if they want to upgrade to eight cores.

[via DailyTech]