Tuesday, January 19th 2010

Intel Announces Three LGA 775 Processors, Cuts Prices of Some Chips

Intel is continuing to keep its lineup of socket LGA 775 processors developing. The company just introduced three new models: Core 2 Quad Q9500, Pentium E6600, and Celeron E3400. The Q9500 quad-core chip runs at 2.83 GHz, with an FSB speed of 1333 MHz much like the Q9550, except that it has 6 MB of total L2 cache instead of 12 MB on the Q9550. It is priced at US $183. Next, the Pentium E6600 dual-core chip runs at 3.06 GHz with an FSB speed of 1066 MHz. It is based on the 45 nm Wolfdale-2M core, and has 2 MB of L2 cache. This chip is priced at $84. Lastly, there's the Celeron E3400, with an operating frequency of 2.60 GHz, FSB speed of 800 MHz, and L2 cache size of 1 MB. This one goes for $53.

In addition to releasing these chips, Intel reduced prices of some existing ones. The Pentium E6500 is now priced at $74, down from $84, Pentium E5400 at $64, down from $74, and Celeron E3300 to $43 from $53. All prices mentioned are for 1000-unit tray quantities per piece. The new processors are intended to keep the upgrade path within a price-range alive, and to help clear inventories of socket LGA 775 motherboards.Source: TechConnect Magazine
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33 Comments on Intel Announces Three LGA 775 Processors, Cuts Prices of Some Chips

#1
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Lipton said:
To my understanding this is a "Pentium E6600" whereas the previous one was "Core 2 Duo E6600."
Doh! Silly me. :)
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#3
imperialreign
Inioch said:
How much difference is there really between 6M and 12M cache? Are C2Q's so cache dependent in performance?
Really depends on the applications involved. I wouldn't say they're cache dependant, but the more, the better.

PP Mguire said:
Probably just rebranding stuff trying to make a quick buck on the people that dont know any better and OEMs.
Meh - nothing Intel haven't done countless times over in the past. Remember when the Pentium 4 "Extreme Editions" were just multiplier-unlocked versions, and sold at double the price? The target audience was very slim.

In all honesty, there's usually very little difference from one of Intel's series to the next - i.e. there's little difference between a Q9550 and a Q9650 . . . but there's nearly a $100+ difference in price.
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#4
LagunaX
Pentium e6600 - sounds like 11.5 x 266.
I might get one and overclock it fore nostalgia's sake as I first started overclocking with Intel Core 2 Duo e6600's...
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#5
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Jizzler said:
Identical except that the Q9500 won't support VT-x, according to a post over at Toms.

Hasn't been posted at the Ark yet to verify. http://ark.intel.com/ProductCollection.aspx?familyID=28398
I don't know, I thought Intel got out of disabling VT-x since XP Mode requires it, they realized that was a big mistake. This is why they've re-released new versions of the same processor with VT-x enabled.

Though they might disable some other instruction set.

imperialreign said:
Meh - nothing Intel haven't done countless times over in the past. Remember when the Pentium 4 "Extreme Editions" were just multiplier-unlocked versions, and sold at double the price? The target audience was very slim.

In all honesty, there's usually very little difference from one of Intel's series to the next - i.e. there's little difference between a Q9550 and a Q9650 . . . but there's nearly a $100+ difference in price.
Intel? Try AMD. Remember the FX series? Same processors, unlocked multipliers, $1000 more. At least the P4 Extemes used a higher FSB speed also, giving more benefit than just an unlocked multiplier...

In all honesty, there is usually very little difference from one of AMD's series to the next - i.e. there's little difference between a X2 4400+ and an X2 4800+ . . . but there was nearly a $150 difference in price when they were still the best of their time.

The only reason there isn't a $100+ gap between the 955 and 965 right now is because AMD can't price the 965 that high, it won't be competitive. But you better believe that AMD would price it through the roof if there was no competition from Intel.
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#6
jpierce55
What I would have preferred is some ultra low powered cpu's, 45w x2's and 65w quads. They have some low power quads, but cost an arm and a leg.
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#7
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
It isn't that hard to get the regular quads down to the 65w area simply by lowering the voltage below default. That is all the low powered chips really are, they have a lower VID, so their default voltage is lower. There might be some slight binning to get chips that are better at the lower voltage, but essentially the normal chips can handle it also.
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#8
[I.R.A]_FBi
my q6600 is @ .89 V right now sittin cool
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