Thursday, November 16, 2006

Tech Link (Platform): Asustek shines along with Intel launching quad-core CPUs

It's just amazing, so many motherboards to support the uber processors from Chipzilla. You'd think people had enough of these boards already, but enthusiasts will just never get enough. FanBoyz, prepare your wallets, this is going to be a ride of a lifetime. As for me, I am playing with dual Clovertown, this will tide me over while waiting for newer toyz. Expand to read the full news..

Asustek shines along with Intel launching quad-core CPUs
Vyacheslav Sobolev,, Taipei [Tuesday 14 November 2006]

Asustek Computer was ahead of competitors in terms of quantity of motherboards presented to support Intel's launch of quad-core CPUs, formerly known under the codenames Clovertown (for servers and workstations) and Kentsfield (for desktops). Today, Intel formally launched Clovertown and Kentsfield as the Intel Xeon 5300 series and Core 2 Extreme processors, respectively.

With 10 motherboards supporting Kentsfield and the same amount for Clovertown, Asustek easily won the competition, and was awarded to deliver the first testimonial speech among Intel's partners. In desktop motherboards, Asustek was followed by Gigabyte with eight models, Universal Abit with seven and Foxconn (the registered trade name for Hon Hai Precision Industry) with five. In total, 39 desktop motherboards from eight vendors were presented at the event.

For quad-core Xeon processor support, the two leaders were Asustek and US-based Supermicro, each with 10 motherboards. Gigabyte and Micro-Star International (MSI) shared third place, with three motherboards each. In total, 32 products from eight vendors represented Intel's ecosystem in this segment.

Today, Intel officially launched four quad-core Xeon processors and one Core 2 Extreme CPU, all with 64KB level-one (L1) cache (equally shared between data and instruction caches) per core and 2x4MB level-two (L2) cache. Priced from US$455 to US$1,172, all the new CPUs are promised to be socket-compatible with Intel's future 45nm quad-core processors, according to Intel.

Intel: Official prices for quad-core CPUs (in 1,000-unit lots)

Price (US$)

Quad-core Intel Xeon X5355 (2.66GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 120W TDP)

Quad-core Intel Xeon E5345 (2.33GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 80W TDP)

Quad-core Intel Xeon E5320 (1.86GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 80W TDP)

Quad-core Intel Xeon E5310 (1.60GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 80W TDP)

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 (2.66GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 130W TDP)

Source: Intel, compiled by, November 2006

Thirty nine desktop motherboards and 32 server and workstation (combined) boards were presented at Intel's launch of quad-core CPUs on November 14 in Taipei
Photo: Vyacheslav Sobolev,, November 2006

Asustek's DSBF-D12, one of the vendor's motherboards for the new quad-core Intel Xeon 5300 series
Photo: Vyacheslav Sobolev,, November 2006

Source:Asustek shines along with Intel launching quad-core CPUs

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