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Intel's Extreme processor

Intel announced its Core 2 Extreme processors yesterday, in desktop and laptop versions. The laptop probably isn’t HPC; the desktop chip might be used in clusters, so here are some stats from the release:

Intel logoFor desktop PCs, Intel is announcing a robust set of new processors, including the flagship Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 quad-core processor. Clocked at 3.0 GHz with a new, faster 1333 MHz system bus speed, the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 will be welcomed by game developers looking to deliver new features and performance levels. Intel also announced new Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors.

Interestingly, Intel is piggy-backing its HPC success onto this announcement

A year ago this month the company began introducing these innovative and energy-efficient products, and in that year Intel Core microarchitecture and its processors have achieved a number of milestones, including:

…Securing nearly half (224) of the 500 top-ranked high-performance computers as measured by the recently announced Top 500 Supercomputers List (www.top500.org).

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