Intel quad-core ‘Kentsfield’ coming in time for holiday season

“A new version of a roadmap distributed by Intel to its closest partners lists the upcoming quad-core “Kentsfield” as the new flagship of the firm’s desktop processor portfolio. The new Core 2 Extreme will arrive with a clock speed of 2.67 GHz, more L2 cache and substantially higher power consumption,” Wolfgang Gruener reports for TG Daily.

Gruener reports, “If it is only the fastest processor that matters to you, then your 1P dual-core processor system will be outdated by the end of this year. AMD will soon be introducing a 2P platform, called 4×4, with two dual-core processors that transition the company’s high-end offering to the first native quad-core processor scheduled to launch in Q2 or Q3 of next year; Intel’s Kentsfield, which is promised to be available in time for the holiday season, will not be a “native” quad-core since it will combine to dual-core Conroe cores in one package, but it will be the first quad-core processor available on the market.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “The Other Steve” and”LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]


  1. What is “Native and non native” quad cores? if you put 2 dual cores cpus into one chip, you still
    have 4 cores, I do not know why they are saying that quad core intel will not be quad core “Native”.

    With non-native, it just means the two dual cores don’t interact with each other, sharing the same cache etc. They are separated and not all four cores are from one die.

    With native quads, all four cores are interacting with each other, it’s a advanced processor from one die.

    There is a reason Intel is doing this, Sony and IBM are finding out with the Cell that they are only getting a steady yield with 6 cores on a 9 core die.

    So what Intel can do is test these dual cores first before they get mounted, increasing the yield and eliminating the flawed cores.

    Eventually Intel is going to have 10 cores on one processor and a dual processor to that will be a 20 core box, using the same technique. Apple was wise to switch.

  2. Lots of cores are great, but I really want to see how well they are utilized. I am particularly interested in how a given application can get full use of these cores with the compilers supplied by Apple and Intel. And are the compilers that can get efficient utilization the same ones provided in Xcode or are they extra money products.

    Where are such issues discussed — what web site?

  3. careful about the cores…..more cores does not necessarily mean more speed. The apps have to be able to use them all, the way they are built on the die can affect performance, and they could be bottle necked at the L2….

    That sed…….. gimmie an 8 core xeon mac pro baybe………hehe

  4. While it is not out of the question, it is unlikely Apple will use Kentsfield. Cloverton is much more likely. There are many, many reasons for this. Thus Mac Dude, you’re very likely wrong once again.

    However, it is doubtful that Coverton will ship before the end of the year.

  5. Quote of the day from thelonius mac:

    “‘I’m starting to miss the lazy hazy days of lethargic PowerPC updates. I’m scared to buy anything now.”

    Just great.

    This processing power is going to make our current dual cores look a bit Mickey Mouse aren’t they? If we’re not careful our Macs will be so darned fast we won’t be able to keep up. After a few days they’ll be week ahead of us..

  6. Thanks, John!

    By the time Time Machine is released next spring, Apple will be using Intel chips shaped like multiple aggregates of dodecahedrons that glow softly, gently pulse and throb from a hidden energy source and float mysteriously above the mother/daughter/father/sonboard (supports the new Family Pack). Time Machine will then reveal its new secret talent. It will go forward in time to retrieve data you haven’t yet created. Then, Mac users will inherit the earth. Steve had a real hard time not giving any of this away during the WWDC keynote. They haven’t told Al Gore. He likes to gossip.

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