Intel releases trio of more affordable processors

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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:

Q6600 Q8200
  • 2.4GHz
  • 8MB cache
  • 9x Multiplier
  • 1066MHz FSB
  • 95W TDP
  • Socket 775
  • 65nm manufacturing process
  • 2.33GHz
  • 4MB cache
  • 7x Multiplier
  • 1333MHz FSB
  • 95W TDP
  • Socket 775
  • 45nm manufacturing process

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.


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