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Intel's Core 2 Extreme processor has lots of headroom, proven today by Intel which plans to launch the chip at 2.93GHz but showed it already running at an overclocked 3.5GHz. Could this mean that the gigahertz race isn't over after all?

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Sure, there are a lot of other factors that contribute to chip speed, but if a processor can achieve these kinds of clock rates while consuming just a tiny bit of power and staying cool, then that elusive 4GHz barrier may be broken by this Core 2 Extreme processor before long.

Intel says a 3.2GHz Core 2 Extreme will be available by the end of the year, and then there are the quad-core desktop processors on the way, code-named Kentsfield, which will arrive in the first quarter of 2007. Can AMD keep up?

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Intel Core 2 Extreme demonstrated with 3.5 GHz [TG Daily]