Woke up this morning to this tech-review from PC Magazine: Intel’s Quad-Core CPU (codenamed Kentsfield) Arrives…and Delivers. First, it knocked all the sleepiness from my head wishful thoughts started racing inside my mind. “I wish I could get that cool Quad-Core chip from Intel” and so on. Then again, it’s a thousand-dollar chip and that fact alone made me wonder is it really for a consumer (who could barely afford such a price tag as of now) like me who’s not that an extreme of a gamer?
As pointed out in the review by PC Magazine, it’s not. Even if we ordinary netizens could manage to cough up a thousand dollars for that new chip, we’d notice very little improvements in our everyday computing simply because we’re not really using that much chip-power with our Firefox 2’s, blogging habits, casual photo editing, listening to music we got from the net (legally or otherwise) and that’s similar to buying a whole publishing house when all you’re going to do is to write letters. Maybe things will make sense when you upgrade to Vista, or do some high-end computing.
Second, that’s a single chip with “four cores” built inside. Cool or what? Core aficionados and architects however has raised their eyebrows saying that what Intel has done with this Core 2 Extreme QX6700 quad-core processor was they simply put together two dual-core dies in one single module. Not really “quad-core” as some critics have said. Does it matter? For high-end gamers and users with extreme computing needs, it does. For the great majority of us, it really does not.
Third, if you’re into over clocking systems to extract every ounce of juice from it, you’d be happy to know that the QX6700 is very overclockable. Tests have been made which has pushed a QX6700-powered system to perform at 3.55GHz and it came out on top. Then again what would you need it for?
Lastly, there is a good future for the “Quad-core” chip of Intel. Prices would drop and more applications built to utilize its features would come out in the years to come. It would soon be the standard just as the Dual-cores of today are standards. A true “quad-core” chip may even come out by that time but for now, I think it’s pretty safe and wise to hold on to our present dual-cores and stuff.