Intel has advanced its enthusiast-level quad-core processor family with the introduction of the Intel Core 2 Extreme processor QX6800.
Running at 2.93GHz, the processor is billed as being ideal for gamers, digital design professionals and enthusiasts.
"The performance and technology leadership we are delivering with our enthusiast quad-core processor line-up is a direct result of the reliability provided by Intel's manufacturing and engineering strength," said Eric Kim, senior VP and general manager of Intel's Digital Home Group.
"This translates to user benefits such as better gameplay with more intelligent computer-generated opponents and less wait time for demanding high definition media editing."
The Intel Core 2 Extreme processor QX6800 is produced in Intel's 65 nonometer process, key to enabling the large 8 megabyte cache. A 1066 MHz system bus is supported and the processor is available now at $1,199.