Intel details plans for mainstream and budget processor, plus we learn about Intel's plans for SSDs

Intel just recently released its new Nehalem-based Core i7 processors which are just about the fastest processors available on the consumer market. While the new Core i7 processors sit at the top of the food chain, Intel hasn't forgotten about its value and mainstream desktop processor lineups.

Intel Core 2 Quad
L2 Cache
FSB January 18
Q9550s 2.83 GHz 12MB 1333 MHz
Q9400s 2.66 GHz 6MB 1333 MHz
Q8200s 2.33 GHz 4MB 1333 MHz

Beginning on January 18, Intel will launch three new Core 2 Quad processors with a TDP of just 65W. This is compared to a 95W TDP for most other Core 2 Quad processors. At the time of launch, the price premium for the Q8200s, Q9400s, and Q9550s will be $62, $54, and $53 respectively compared to the non "s" models.

Intel Pentium Dual Core
L2 Cache
FSB January 18
E5400 2.70 GHz 2MB 800 MHz
E5300 2.60 GHz 2MB 800 MHz
E5200  2.50GHz  2MB  800 MHz $64

Intel Core 2 Duo
L2 Cache
FSB January 18
E7500 2.93 GHz 3MB 1066 MHz

Intel is also launching a new Pentium Dual Core processor in November and one more on January 18. The 2.6 GHz Pentium Dual Core E5300 will show up on November 30 priced at $86. The E5300 will be joined by a 2.7 GHz Pentium Dual Core E5400 on January 18 priced at $84. At that time, the E5300 will see a price cut to $74 while the older 2.5 GHz E5200 will fall to $64.

Slightly higher up on the food chain will be a new 2.93 GHz Core 2 Duo E7500 priced at $133.

Intel Core 2 Duo, Quad
L2 Cache
FSB January 18
T9800 2.70 GHz 6MB 1066 MHz
Q9000 2.00 GHz 6MB 1066 MHz
 P9600  2.66 GHz  6MB  1066 MHz $348
 T9550  2.66 GHz  6MB  1066 MHz $316
P9600  2.53 GHz  3MB  1066 MHz $241

Intel's power efficient 35W processor lineup will also see some changes in at the end of the year. No less than five new processors will be introduced ranging in price from $241 to $530. In addition, the slower 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo P8600 will fall from $241 to $209 on January 18.

Intel also hasn't forgotten about its other businesses when it comes to price cuts. Intel's multi-level cell (MLC) X25-E solid state drives (SSDs) have been burning up the benchmark charts thanks to its highly optimized memory controller. The street price for the 2.5" 80GB X25-M -- and its 80GB 1.8" X18-M counterpart -- will drop from $600 to $525 on November 30. 160GB variants of the X25-M/X18-M will show up in the first half of 2009 and will initially be priced at $990.

Moving over to the single-level cell (SLC) parts, Intel will introduce its high performance 32GB X25-E for $700 on November 30. For those that are patient, the price will drop to $575 on December 28. A 64GB part will be introduced in the first half of 2009 for $990.

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