The chipmaker announced on Monday that its new flagship desktop processor would be the Core 2 Extreme QX6850 ($999 or £488), which is clocked at 3.0GHz and sports a 1333MHz system bus speed. The QX6850 is being pitched particularly at game developers, as the CPU can dedicate one core to physics, the second to rendering, the third to game logic and the fourth to miscellaneous tasks.
Also announced was another quad-core processor, the Core 2 Quad Q6700 ($530; £259) — clocked at 2.66GHz and with a system bus speed of 1066MHz — and several new dual-core processors boasting the new 1333MHz bus speed.
What was a first was the announcement of the first mobile processor to bear Intel's Extreme branding, the Core 2 Extreme X7800 ($851; £416).
According to Intel, the X7800 has a 28 percent performance increase over the Core Duo T2600