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WHILE AMD APPEARS to be trying to squeeze every Hertz out of its upcoming - and still bug-ridden? - native quad-cores, Intel has been, up to now, comfortably basking with its comparatively large frequency buffer.
Overclocking buffs know well the often huge gains obtainable even on dual-die Kentsfields, which current AMD parts lack.

Rather than squeeze that margin in the face of new AMD stuff, or just wait for Penryn's 45 nm wonders, Intel has fine-tuned its current Core 2's further, to give them more oomph - improved power consumption, less heat and therefore more overclock potential.

For instance, the initial 150W TDP 3GHz FSB1333 quad-core Clovertown parts which we reviewed in our V8 first looks, have now been replaced by the ones with 120W TDP - same for the new XeonUP parts, as well as desktop X6850 3 GHz FSB1333 part.

All of these should have extra overclocking margins. Right now, we're testing one of the parts from this batch, and there is some improvement even at the BIOS bootup tuning stage - not to mention the core voltage is down to below 1.15 volts at full declared speed. More in the benchmarks later today.
Intel is continuing to tweak their processors... so expect later steppings to have even lower power consumption and possible higher overclocks.
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Go intel!
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1.15V at 3ghz? Holy jesus...
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Nice can't wait.
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1.15v @ 3Ghz ?!??!

We will see 4Ghz OC's like crazy.
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Are these just Xeon processors or can we expect these new steppings to be available in July for the price drops?
    
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Are these just Xeon processors or can we expect these new steppings to be available in July for the price drops?
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For instance, the initial 150W TDP 3GHz FSB1333 quad-core Clovertown parts which we reviewed in our V8 first looks, have now been replaced by the ones with 120W TDP - same for the new XeonUP parts, as well as desktop X6850 3 GHz FSB1333 part.
Looks like desktop as well. Might as well since tweaks in the manufacturer process and design are cheap to implement.
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Oh my god. Brilliant.
When are these out?
    
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1.15V at 3ghz? Holy jesus...
My 5200+ need 1.35v to reach 3Ghz.
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