Eight new Intel processors as of January 20th
After January 2008 was only vaguely known, the official start date for Intel's new Core 2 Duo in 45 nm production is gradually becoming manifest. Not only the “Wolfdale” CPUs should appear on January 20, 2008, because the mainstream portfolio of “Yorkfield” processors will also start on this date.
On the Intel Core 2 that has already started Extreme QX9650 are joined by the new four-core offshoots with a lower clock frequency. In particular, the Q9450 will be in the field of vision, if it will replace the Q6600 as a real Yorkfield with 12 MB L2 cache. Comparative tests between the two processors will have to show how the $ 50 cheaper Q9300 with less cache and clock rates.
The new dual-core processors will also be interesting. There should be a total of five new models. At the moment there is still uncertainty about the exact price and which models should be presented first. By inserting the 2.83 GHz fast E8300, it can happen that the higher clocked models become correspondingly more expensive. The 3 GHz E8400 model could therefore be the same price as the current 3 GHz E6850 at $ 266. The top model E8500 with 3.16 GHz would go over the counter for a maximum of 316 US dollars. In view of these uncertain points, there may be minor changes or adjustments in the coming days.
The entry is made in in any case the Core 2 Duo E8200. The structurally identical model E8190 dispenses with features such as Intel's TXT function (Trusted Execution Technology) or virtualization technology, as is currently the case with the E6550 and E6540 models. With a target price of 163 US dollars, a 2.66 GHz faster entry into the new dual-core market is imminent. In terms of price, it positions itself below the current price-performance winner, Core 2 Duo E6750at the same time minimal performance gains.
Currently not included in the table because only very vague information is available, there is another, still nameless Wolfdale offshoot with an L2 cache halved to 3 MB - similar to the Q9300 at the Yorkfield -Models. That would then probably position itself above the E4000 series, but below the current E6000 series. Furthermore, the first dual-core Celeron E1200 , which has been listed for a few days, should officially appear in January at the latest. During this period, a faster model from the Pentium E series with 2.2 GHz is also expected, which, if one stays true to the previous name, will be called E2200. Its price was previously estimated at $ 84. The coming weeks will show to what extent this is still relevant.