Intel updated its processor list yesterday with a number of new, lower-cost CPUs. A new Celeron D processor aimed at low-end machines, the 2.2GHz 450, was listed at $53. A new Core 2 Duo chip, the E5200, was also introduced. It has a clock speed of 2.5GHz with 2MB of on-board cache. At $84, it’s now the cheapest retail Core 2 Duo chip in Intel’s line.
Most interestingly, however, is the new quad-core chip, the Q8200. It’s being listed at $224, which is the second-cheapest Intel Core 2 Quad processor (with the infamous Q6600 taking that coveted spot). The table below illustrates how the Q6600 fares against the low-priced newcomer.
Intel Q6600 vs Intel Q8200:
It’s nice to see Intel releasing some processors on the cheaper side of things, since more affordable performance is always a good thing. It also provides much cheaper alternatives to what will likely be the rather pricey upcoming Core i7 platform.