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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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Yeah, but when can I get one?
By MonkeyPaw on 7/17/2006 10:49:32 PM , Rating: 2
It all looks great, but I hear C2Ds will only make it into OEM machines this year. We system builders might not have a shot at them until 2007. Not sure about the truth of those rumors, but considering P-Ds are still going to exist for a while, there's likely some truth to the scarcity. I'd be happy to be wrong though!

The only snag I see about the 5th bin is that Intel disabled some of the extensions. Intel has always liked disabling thier some of thier best features on cheaper models. I could understand it if these features were disabled because of defect, but I highly doubt it. Oh well, I don't think most end users will need VT anyway.




By cheapguys1 on 7/17/2006 11:26:56 PM , Rating: 4
Don't know what rumors you are hearing? I am also a system builder and we have received 8 C2D parts from out Intel rep including 2 retail boxed 6800's. Our orders are already placed with distribution and parts are scheduled to start arriving next week with the full assortment due to hit by mid-August.


RE: Yeah, but when can I get one?
By Phynaz on 7/18/2006 9:47:23 AM , Rating: 2
Quit listening to Viditor about availability and you'll be fine.


RE: Yeah, but when can I get one?
By TomZ on 7/18/2006 11:11:16 AM , Rating: 2
Conroe availability problems are just AMD fanboy dreams.

With previous newly-released Intel offerings, I've been able to pick them up from retail channels typically 2-4 weeks after the "official" release date.

Also, all the talk of price gouging is pretty silly, too. Reputable retailers don't go much above market ever, unlike what you might see at eBay auctions, for example. Retailers don't want to develop such a reputation.


By andrewrocks on 7/19/2006 3:15:44 AM , Rating: 2
newegg was asking for $1359 for the X6800...


"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive

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