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Intel Quad Core QX6700 Evaluation
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Written by Gizmo   
Thursday, 02 November 2006 13:48

Read the full story at Digit-Life:

"We have long been used to various supermarkets and megamalls, so we are not surprised if a pair of shampoo bottles or tooth-paste packs glued together are sold for the price of one. Today Intel, the owner of the largest processor supermarket, is making us a similar offer: a pair of Core 2 Duo E6700 CPUs, well, not for the price of one, but glued together nevertheless. So, let's take a closer look at what "lies beneath", and what we should do with it.

A quad-core processor of Core 2 eXtreme series marked QX6700 actually features two Core 2 Duo E6700 dies assembled in a single body. Remember that please: two dies, not one. We couldn't bring ourselves to break the processor, but its cache organization is an indirect evidence to this fact: instead of following the tradition and making a large shared L2 for all cores, Intel provided each couple of dies with 4MB of cache shared exclusively by that couple. All other features of QX6700 follow from its organization: doubled cores and total L2, everything else is the same as Core 2 Duo E6700."

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