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The new large cache Celerons make an entrance this weekend

Intel's new Xeon DP boxart
Intel's newest CPUs may go down as one of the most unremembered bunch of processors

As expected, Intel's roadmaps show May 28th as the next spring-board day for Intel price cuts.  Intel's roadmaps only show a few processors taking minor cuts -- at least until the Core 2 Duo launch a few weeks away. 

Two new 65nm Celerons will also make an introduction on May 28th; the Celeron D 356 and 352.  Both processors are 533FSB CPUs with 512KB L2 cache -- making them two of the most cache-heavy Celerons ever.  With the introduction of these two CPUs, merchants are starting to make some minor corrections on pricing across the Celeron D level, but for the most part the new Celerons will fill a price gap between the existing Celeron 355 and the rapidly fading Pentium 530.

Additionally, on May 28 Intel plans to announce the Celeron Mobile 410 processor, which should debut right around $86. 

Today, Intel also silently introduced the Xeon DP 5080, 5060, 5050 and 5063 Socket 771 processors at $851, $316, $209 and $369, respectively.  These Xeon DP processors, based on the Dempsey architecture, are Intel's last Netburst processors to see the light of day. 

Intel has already slated the Core-based Woodcrest (roadmap here) to slice into the majority of Dempsey's market. Since Dempsey will be one of the first Socket 771 processors, it isn't really a quick upgrade from existing Xeon DP Paxville processors.  Intel just released Woodcrest benchmarks for the first time today. 

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Price is Good
By Master Kenobi on 5/23/2006 8:52:22 AM , Rating: 2
I'm really liking Intel's pricing structure as of late. I was a little cautious when I switched from Pentium 4's to Pentium D's, but Intel's pricing has so far kept me hooked. I just can't see myself investing an extra 200-400 on an AMD dual core when that money is better spent getting the better MOBO and RAM. Right now I think Intel is definately on the right track. Let's hope we see Conroe in the 200-300 range, then I'm set.

RE: Price is Good
By PT2006 on 5/23/2006 8:54:42 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Price is Good
By TomZ on 5/23/06, Rating: 0
RE: Price is Good
By bobsmith1492 on 5/23/2006 10:17:26 AM , Rating: 2
You can't buy a $20 motherboard and expect to get anything of quality. The reason AMD motherboards may be, or may have been, flaky is that any company out there can just crank out a dirt-cheap motherboard and sell it; if you look at a review or two, you'll have no problems.

RE: Price is Good
By TomZ on 5/23/2006 11:47:11 AM , Rating: 2
The boards are Tyan boards, and were not cheap. We bought 3 at the time, and now 2 out of 3 are out of service due to "bad behavior." In contrast, every Intel board we ever bought (maybe 10) is still in service, even one that is around 10 years old.

Obviously this is just my experience, and a small sample size, but I do think that Intel puts a lot of quality control the design and manufacture of their motherboards.

RE: Price is Good
By Oderus on 5/23/2006 10:17:41 AM , Rating: 2
Flaky AMD boards? Too bad dude. I've had AMD systems for years and never did I have a problem as you described. I have nothing against Intel or Intel chipsets as they are a great product. I've had my XP 2800+ (Barton) running 24/7 on my Gigabyte 7NNXP board and it's been rock solid. I have a Pentium D at work and it's nice but I don't think overall performance is better even thought the CPU's are in the same range.

RE: Price is Good
By rklaver on 5/23/2006 12:32:32 PM , Rating: 2
I've got the 7NNXP MB too, great board, I have the ASUS equivalent (A7N8X something like that) and that things giving nothing but problems, and this is my second board from ASUS. But I must admit that I will be switching over to all Intel soon, as I am tired of screwing around with all the issues as well.

RE: Price is Good
By lucyfek on 5/23/2006 10:20:15 AM , Rating: 2
rebooting spontaneously - since when. last of my spontaneous reboots were happening during win9x (+Me) times on intel platform - due to bad video card. ever since 2000 (full switch to AMD) nothing have been happening for no reason - overclocking with no regard to system components. when sweet spot is found, the extent of abuse the system can take amazes me.
maybe your problems were due to the greater possibity of savings on amd m-boards than on intel boards you were after. too cheap is too bad. choose wisely and you won't get burned.

RE: Price is Good
By TomZ on 5/23/2006 11:48:54 AM , Rating: 2
They were Tyan server boards - not cheap.

Hope the price...
By jskirwin on 5/23/2006 9:26:42 AM , Rating: 2
will impact the Pentium 805D.
I've been eyeing that dual core for sometime now - although at $127 at Newegg it's already a bargain.

RE: Hope the price...
By lucyfek on 5/23/2006 10:25:00 AM , Rating: 1
include the electricity bill (both for pc and ac (summer is coming)) and the bargain does not look so pretty. factor in also some better power supply to pull this electro-guzzler.

RE: Hope the price...
By Phynaz on 5/23/2006 11:15:37 AM , Rating: 1
Same old tired argument...

Can't think of anything original to say? Prove you're not just another AMD parrot.

RE: Hope the price...
By bldckstark on 5/23/2006 12:17:15 PM , Rating: 4
Sqwaaaawwwwkkk! Buy AMD, Buy AMD! You'll save on Power! Sqwaaaawwwwkkk! 14 year payback, Sqwaaawwkk!

One PC in a large area is not going to increase your electrical costs to an extent that you will notice. Hell, I have 6 AMD's at home, and I didn't buy them to save on the light bill. I like the community, and the range of hardware I have to choose from. Until recently, I could also save a bundle of money on a gaming system faster than an Intel. Nowadays the competition is much closer, and I cannot continue to buy AMD if it costs more.

RE: Hope the price...
By Griswold on 5/23/06, Rating: 0
RE: Hope the price...
By plewis00 on 5/23/2006 7:20:58 PM , Rating: 2
It's not the power consumption I'm concerned about, it's the way the power is converted into heat. High power consumption means high thermal output and that's the big issue because that leads to bigger, more exotic cooling and more noise. If I were just shopping in the mainstream I'd probably go AMD but as it turned out I went for the Pentium M because it's almost silent in operation and comes close in performance to anything else. I don't understand why everyone makes a big deal about the amount of actual electricity or power these consume, or the savings you get with AMD over Intel, or Intel over AMD come Conroe.

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