Intel's Secret "Conroe"
July 17, 2006 10:20 PM
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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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RE: Upgrade Path is important too.
7/18/2006 10:52:38 AM
well since AMD announced that K8L will work on AM2 or thier next socket, AM3, I would say that they have a pretty tempting upgrade path.
i found HardOCP's gmaing review interesting becuase it showed how little difference there really is between say an FX-62 and Core2 Extreme, just check out what they did.
Of course, in most applications, Core 2 is a real improvment over AMD's stuff, just not in gaming.
But I may end up with a Core 2 system , probably in an htpc, depending on the power numbers between it and the 65nm AMD parts when Im ready to buy.
RE: Upgrade Path is important too.
7/18/2006 11:51:34 AM
HardOCP's gaming benchmark is a joke. They maxed the grafx settings in the games which caused the benchmark to be more gpu bound than cpu bound. At max settings, today's games are more gpu bound so it wouldn't matter which cpu you had whether it be the FX or C2E.
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