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
processors sit at the top of the food chain, Intel hasn't forgotten
value and mainstream desktop processor lineups.
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
other Core 2 Quad processors. At the time of launch, the price premium
the Q8200s, Q9400s, and Q9550s will be $62, $54, and $53 respectively
to the non "s" models.
Intel Core 2 Duo
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
Intel's power efficient 35W processor
lineup will also see
some changes in at the end of the year. No less than five new
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
Intel also hasn't forgotten about its
other businesses when
it comes to price cuts. Intel's multi-level cell (MLC) X25-E solid
(SSDs) have been burning up the benchmark charts thanks to its highly
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
the X25-M/X18-M will show up in the first half of 2009 and will
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
that are patient, the price will drop to $575 on December 28. A 64GB
be introduced in the first half of 2009 for $990.
quote: Also, do new i7 machines all have far more power than "the mainstream" currently require anyway?
quote: ...there is no difference between Core 2 and i7 when it comes to gaming, the only thing that matters is cpu speed.