Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.
Today Intel has extended its quad-core family with the introduction of the Core 2 Quad Extreme QX6800. This quad-core desktop processor will set you back $1,200 USD but runs at 2.93GHz and has a total of 8MB of L2 cache. We are working on providing Linux coverage of the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 shortly, but in the mean time you may be interested in our Intel Penryn and Nehalem information.