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The Latest Race on Quad Cores and How It Affects the Compucon Channel Print
March 2007
Intel has definitely confirmed acceptance of the new rules of the game previously introduced by AMD. The new rules are about CPU performance enhancements based on the number of cores and the reduction of energy consumption. On the multi-core front, Intel has won a battle for being the first to ... Intel has definitely confirmed acceptance of the new rules of the game previously introduced by AMD. The new rules are about CPU performance enhancements based on the number of cores and the reduction of energy consumption. On the multi-core front, Intel has won a battle for being the first to release Quad Core Xeon (codename Clovertown, marketing name is E5300 or X5300). Intel has also announced Core 2 Quad for desktops (codename is Kentsfield, marketing code is Q6600 or QX6700) although the processors have not reached New Zealand official distributors as of 26/2/2007. AMD is in a publicity catch up mode and has announced Dual Socket Dual Core AthlonFX as a temporary response and the properly developed Quad Cores for a June timeframe. Quad Core Opteron is called Barcelona and AMD has claimed a 40% performance advantage over Clovertown in addition to various features for supporting Hyper Visor Virtualization.

Who needs Quad Cores? Both leaders suggest that the desktop version is for gamers and the server version is for parallel processing such as in computer clusters. Be aware that most desktop applications do not support multi-cores. The readiness of Compucon is as follows:
  • Platinum DXB series is Quad Core Clovertown ready
  • Superhawk Plus is Quad Core Kentsfield ready