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New lower power models are pricey

Intel has announced price cuts for some of its Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium Dual Core, Celeron, and Xeon products. It has also announced several new Core 2 Quad CPUs with a 65W TDP.

We have listed only the models that are new or have dropped in price. New products are noted. All pricing is based on OEM purchasing of 1000 units in a non-retail tray format.
  

 Intel Core 2 Quad

Model

Clock Speed

L2 Cache

FSB

TDP

Price   

     Change

Q9650

3.00 GHz

12MB

1333 MHz

95W

$316

-40%

Q9550s

2.83 GHz

12MB

1333 MHz

65W

$369

NEW

Q9550

2.83 GHz

12MB

1333 MHz

95W

$266

-16%

Q9400s

2.66 GHz

6MB

1333 MHz

65W

$320

NEW

Q9400

2.66 GHz

6MB

1333 MHz

95W

$213

-20%

Q8300

2.50 GHz

4MB

1333 MHz

95W

$183

-18%

Q8200s

2.33 GHz

4MB

1333 MHz

65W

$245

NEW

Q8200

2.33 GHz

4MB

1333 MHz

95W

$163

-16%

Intel has launched three new Core 2 Quad processors with a TDP of  65W. All other Core 2 Quads have a 95W TDP. The price premium for the Q8200s, Q9400s, and Q9550s is an incredible $82, $107, and $103 respectively over the 95W models.

 

 Intel Core 2 Duo

Model

Clock Speed

L2 Cache

FSB

Price

Change

E7500

2.93 GHz

3MB

1066 MHz

$133

NEW

E7400

2.80 GHz

3MB

1066 MHz

$113

-15%

  One new model Core 2 Duo is introduced, while the E7400 drops slightly lower.

 

 Intel Pentium Dual Core

Model

Clock Speed

L2 Cache

FSB

Price

Change

E5400

2.80 GHz

2MB

800 MHz

$84

NEW

E5300

2.60 GHz

2MB

800 MHz

$74

-14%

E5200

2.50 GHz

2MB

800 MHz

$64

-24%

E2200

2.40 GHz

1MB

800 MHz

$64

-14%

Intel introduced a new Pentium Dual Core, the new E5400 at $84. The rest of this budget series drops even lower.

  

 Intel Xeon Server (LGA775)

Model

Clock Speed

L2 Cache

FSB

Price

Change

X3370

3.00 GHz

12MB

1333 MHz

$316

-40%

X3360

2.83 GHz

12MB

1333 MHz

$266

-16%

X3350

2.66 GHz

12MB

1333 MHz

$266

-16%

X3330

2.66 GHz

6MB

1333 MHz

$224

-16%

  No new Xeon products, just price drops.



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Are the new 65W Quads really new ?
By tpi2009 on 1/20/2009 10:05:00 PM , Rating: 2
I bought an E8400 back in September, revision E0, and the processor comes with a revised heatsink. When I say "revised", I mean ridiculously small. It's all aluminium, no copper whatsoever and very low profile. And this processor runs at 3 Ghz.

So, why does an E6700 from the previous generation, which also has a 65W TDP have a copper core, high profile heatsink ?

Or why does a Pentium Dual Core E2140, revision M0 at 1.6 Ghz also has a 65W TDP ?

When I was reading several reviews to decide on the best processor to buy, I stumbled upon some power consumption data that showed that the E8400 E0 consumed less than 4w at idle and less than 40w at full speed.

That explains the revised heatsink. If Intel wanted to, they could change the new 45nm parts to different TDP's.

The dual cores could have a max TDP of 45w and the quads a max of 65w. I bet that is what they really consume max. (at stock speeds).

The reason they haven't is probably (my opinion) purely a marketing one. The new Core i7 CPU's are still in an early stage, they had to manage a memory controller inside, a different architecture, no fsb, and the yields are not otpimal at this stage.

So, with a TDP of 130w for the new Core i7, and 95w quads at normal price, the difference is not so shocking to the general public. If you had 130w for the Core i7 and 65w for the Penryn Quads at regular price, wouldn't you, an eco-friendly guy, consider the Penryn Quads for now ?

The general public may not fully understand that the Core i7 is actually more efficient at idle, because it can entirely shut down parts of the CPU (so most of the time, most people would actually save power with Core i7).

This is just my opinion. What do you think ?




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