Intel’s Core 2 Duo processors officially released

“Intel Corp. unveiled its new Core 2 Duo processor lineup today, increasing the pressure on rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. The 10 new dual-core chips promise markedly better performance and greater energy efficiency than Intel’s existing products,” Sumner Lemon and Ben Ames report for IDG News Service.

Lemon and Ames report, “The Core 2 Duo launch has been billed as Intel’s most significant since the introduction of the original Pentium processor in 1993. The introduction comes at a crucial moment. Intel executives have watched AMD expand its share of the processor market in recent quarters, and they want to reclaim the lost ground. ‘We’re really bullish on Core 2 Duo, and we believe that it’s going to enable us to grow a significant amount of [market] share over the second half of the year. That’s our goal,’ said Tim Bailey, director of platform marketing at Intel Asia-Pacific.”

Lemon and Ames report, “Among the chips announced by Intel are five processors designed for laptops and five desktop chips, including the high-end Core 2 Extreme processor for gamers. Pricing for the desktop chips ranges from $183 for the 1.86-GHz Core 2 Duo E6300 to $999 for the 2.93-GHz Core 2 Extreme X6800. Pricing for the mobile chips was not available.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “BrooklynNYC” for the heads up.]

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  1. “64-Bit capable…”

    With appropriate 64-bit supporting hardware and software, platforms based on the Intel EM64T provides flexibility for 32-bit now and future software that supports 64-bit computing.

    Note: EM64T requires a computer system with a processor, chipset, BIOS, operating system, device drivers and applications enabled for Intel EM64T. Processor will not operate (including 32-bit operation) without an Intel EM64T-enabled BIOS.

  2. In fact, this is the first “true” 64 bit proccesor from Intel (not counting the Itanium because is RISC, no x86), the old Pentium IV and Pentium D has a intruction set called EMT64 (I am not sure about that name) that allow the system to address 8 gig of ram, but does not execute 64 bits instructions. Core Duo is only 32 bits, Core 2 Duo is a “true” 64 bit proccessor with 64 bit registers and capable of procesing 32 bit instructions. And with Mac OS X based on UNIX, will be the best 64 Bits, Multicore computer on the planet.

  3. “When can I put it in my MacBook?”
    As soon as you get one, the Socket is compatible.
    You can buy one from DELL, saying that it is an upgrade of a optiplex system, bucause this processor is only avalible from OEM vendors.

  4. From what I have read on the PC side, not all motherboards will accept Core2Duo even if they have the 775 socket. Apparently the C2D is more efficient and runs at a lower voltage, although I’m not sure what the settings are. This could affect your ability to upgrade a Mac.

  5. The MacBook has its CPU attached directly to the motherboard – there is no socket. Ditto with the MacBook pro and iMac.

    Only the Mac mini has a socket, and people have stuck Meroms in them months ago (engineering samples) and verified that they work great.

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