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An excerpt from Intel's most recent processor foil
Believe it or not, there's still more "Conroe" madness

The official embargo for most things Conroe came and went, but it appears there is still one more card Intel hasn't played yet.  The newest Intel roadmap has added a bin-5 Conroe processor, the Core 2 Duo E4300. 

E4300 is clocked at 1.8GHz and has two megabytes of L2 cache.  Unfortunately, the processor lacks VT and vPro extensions, and also runs at an 800MHz front-side bus.  Intel has not revealed pricing for the new processor yet since it is not to be announced until Q1'07, but considering the fact that the 1.86GHz E6300 is slated for $183, the E4300 may be one of the greatest bargains yet.

Intel's addition of a bin-5 processor is not totally surprising, as virtually every Intel processor architecture before has had at least five bins.  However, with the news of a 2x256KB L2 Athlon 64 X2 3600+, a low-bin Conroe makes even more sense than ever before.  The Athlon 64 X2 3600+ is slated to become an OEM component only, but the E4300 appears to be a retail-ready processor, meaning we should see it in store shelves come Q1'07.


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By irev210 on 7/17/2006 10:43:50 PM , Rating: 2
I have been trying very hard to get my hands on a E4XXX series core 2 duo.

With the 800FSB, the mult is 9, the same as the E6700, offering people the same overclocking headroom to reach 4+ghz, at a BARGIN of a price.


THIS will be the processor the budget minded overclocker is going to get.

160 USD for a E4300 that will reach 4ghz on air will take the industry by storm.


A 160 dollar CPU will outperform the best of AMD, and the best of Intel netburst.


The problem with the E6300 is the FSB wall that we are hitting. Even on E6600, FSB wall tends to stop us. The E6700 starts to limit us.

I really hope intel takes the E4XXX line up, to over overclockers higher mults!!!


Anyway, /end rant.

Enjoy guys, its going to be a crazy 3 months.




By randomlinh on 7/17/2006 10:46:47 PM , Rating: 3
I wouldn't say it'll take everything by storm... how many ppl overclock? not enough to really make a difference.

what it will take by storm is intel will have something across the board, eating away at the value aspect AMD has/had. Very very interesting.

My next system will still most likely be an AM2 system (still on socket A....), but I dunno, I don't have the money for upgrading now, more likely I'll delay another year... by then conroe's supply will be plentiful (in theory) and my wallet might have the last say in things...


By jkresh on 7/17/2006 11:25:29 PM , Rating: 2
9 is the multiplier for 6600 (6700 is 10), and it looks like unless you are running some pretty impressive cooling (or get lucky) even with the 6600 your processor will top out before your board (board hitting 450 is about the same chance as processor hitting 4ghz, at least for now).


By ChronoReverse on 7/18/2006 12:45:56 AM , Rating: 2
Well, 9x300 sounds fairly reasonable and that's 2.7GHz right there. Isn't that equivalent to a FX62 or more already?

This war is really picking up. I'm actually see-sawing between Intel and AMD so far. It's good that Intel is finally back in the game.


By defter on 7/18/2006 4:09:05 AM , Rating: 2
Even 9x400 = 3.6GHz should be possible, at least with a better air cooling. 9x333=3GHz (clockspeed of the top end Woodcrest) should be given.

The problem with current low end Conroes is very low multiplier. Xbitlabs was able to overclock E6300 "only" to 2.9GHz because motherboard was the limiting factor. Thus 800MHz FSB is definitely welcome.


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