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More value "Conroe" products in the pipeline

Intel’s latest roadmap unveils a couple of upcoming products in the pipeline. The new products include three value dual-core processors and one new Core 2 Duo E6xxx model. All four upcoming will be based on Intel’s Conroe processor core.

Intel Core 2 Duo
E6390 2.13GHz 1066MHz 2MB
E4300 1.80GHz 800MHz 2MB
E4200 1.60GHz 800MHz 2MB

At the top of the spectrum is the upcoming Core 2 Duo E6390. This is a strange product as it is clocked at 2.13 GHz—same as the E6400 and higher than the E6300. It also features the same 1066 MHz front-side bus and 2MB of shared L2 cache as the E6400. However, the E6390 lacks Intel vPro and VT extensions. Intel EM64T, SpeedStep and Execute Disable Bit technologies are still supported though. Intel Core 2 Duo E6390 is expected to launch in Q3’07 with the upcoming Conroe 1333 MHz front-side bus refresh.

Launching next January will be the Core 2 Duo E4300—the first of the Core 2 Duo 4000 series. The Core 2 Duo E4300 will be clocked at 1.80 GHz and feature an 800 MHz front-side bus with 2MB of L2 cache. Core 2 Duo E4300 will not support vPro and VT technologies. Intel is expected to launch an E4200 model clocked at 1.60 GHz as well. Also mention in the roadmap is a Core 2 Duo E4400, though it doesn’t list the clock speed anywhere.

Pentium E 2100
E2160 1.80GHz 800MHz 1MB
E2140 1.60GHz 800MHz 1MB

DailyTech previously unveiled details of Intel’s upcoming Conroe-L single-core processors. The Pentium E1000 series was expected to launch in 2007. However, Intel’s latest roadmap makes no mention of the Conroe-L Pentium E1000 series. DailyTech believes that Conroe-L has been cancelled in favor of a new dual-core Pentium E2000 series.

The Pentium E2100 series is expected to launch in Q3’07 and replace existing Pentium D 9xx and Pentium 4 6xx series processors. Pentium E2000 series processors will be based on Intel’s Conroe core and arrive with two models—the E2160 and E2140. These models are expected to be clocked at 1.8 GHz and 1.6 GHz on an 800 MHz front-side bus.

Differentiating the Core 2 Duo E4000 series and Pentium E2100 series is the total L2 cache size. Pentium E2100 series processors feature 1MB of L2 cache—half that of the Core 2 Duo E4000 series. Intel technologies such as Viiv, vPro and VT are unsupported. Enhanced Intel SpeedStep, EM64T and Execute Disable Bit technologies are supported.

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Ugh no vPro or VT
By Assimilator87 on 11/16/2006 1:10:44 AM , Rating: 3
It's really annoying that the value parts are lacking some of the features, especially VT. As enticing as these lower end, Core based CPUs are, I'm now inclined to save up for at least the E6300.

It's funny how the Pentium name will basically be replacing the Celeron name for the very low end parts.

RE: Ugh no vPro or VT
By coldpower27 on 11/16/2006 1:36:47 AM , Rating: 1
Hence why they are "value" parts, and the Pentium name is at least being used for low end Dual Cores, which is nice.

Hey if you want some of the more advanced features you gotta pay at least 183US.

RE: Ugh no vPro or VT
By Thorburn on 11/16/2006 2:17:02 AM , Rating: 2
I believe there will still be Celeron's, the name being used for single core parts.

By nah on 11/16/2006 7:04:27 AM , Rating: 2
too many choices--not all good though 2 choices for Core 2 for the Pentium Core--a Celeron ? in the wings--what happened to the good old P4/Celeron days

RE: fragments
By Messudieh on 11/16/2006 11:20:40 PM , Rating: 2
By "good" you mean "terrible," (for Intel) right?

when it was just the old P4/Celeron days, you would want to get an A64.

Now with the Core2 there is plenty of competition from Intel.

If you're really that confused, get an E6300 or better and you'll have everything you'll need. ~$180 for a 6300 shouldn't break the bank either.

RE: fragments
By Bytre on 11/17/2006 11:45:13 PM , Rating: 2
Two weeks ago I picked up an E6300 with (throwaway) motherboard for $160. Cheaper than I could find just the processor anywhere.

By miahallen on 11/16/2006 12:25:00 AM , Rating: 3
Good to see even the "value" segment getting more than one core.

RE: Nice.
By Lazarus Dark on 11/16/2006 2:23:58 PM , Rating: 2
Yes. my five year old laptop does fine for basics like word or surfing but try to do more than one at a time and it crawls. a second core even on a bottom end proc would make for a very smooth experience for most users.

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