Intel’s Quad-Core Kentsfield processor released
Last Wednesday, Intel launched its Core 2 Extreme QX6700 which is more commonly known as the Quad-Core line of processors (codename: Kentsfield). It’s basically two Core 2 Duo dual-core processors on a single substrate for a total of 4 CPU cores in a single socket. Two of twos makes 4 and a whooping 8MB (2 x 4 MB) L2 cache with core frequencies of up to 2.66 GHz each.
This development got me thinking about my recent Core 2 Duo (Merom) purchase the other week. I did a little more research on how much an improvement one gets from a Code Duo vs. a Code 2 Duo.
Overall, the Core 2 Duo doesn’t have much of an improvement but from what I’ve gathered, it has 10 to 15% more power than its predecessor and some huge improvements on 3D rendering and media encoding tasks. Here are some more detailed comparison between the Yonah and the Merom processors.
The question becomes — would it have been better to get a 1.83GHz Code Duo than a 1.66Ghz Core 2 Duo. I guess it’s the former.