Intel goes quad to woo gamers as AMD announces cuts

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San Francisco – Computer chip giant Intel on Monday launched its fastest-ever quad-core microprocessor, hoping that the speedy and powerful new chip will be a hit with PC gamers and design professionals.

The Intel Core 2 Extreme processor QX6800 runs at 2.93 GHZ, compared to the 2.66 GHZ for other quad core processors introduced since the launch of the new technology in December.

The launch came as the company’s upstart rival AMD said it was introducing a hiring freeze and cutting spending to cope with weaker- than-expected income due to a price-slashing war with Intel.

AMD warned that its revenue for the three months ending in March totaled 1.23 billion dollars, well below the company’s initial estimates of 1.6 billion to 1.7 billion dollars. Full financial results are expected to be announced on April 19.

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