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Single-core for the value minded

DailyTech has received Intel roadmaps that outline Intel’s value desktop products. New to Intel’s value desktop lineup will be Conroe-L based processors. Unlike Intel’s Core 2 Duo Conroe products, the new Conroe-L processors will not carry the Core nomenclature. Instead Intel is resuscitating the Pentium and Celeron brands for Conroe-L based products.

Intel Conroe-L Pentium
Processor
Number
Core
Frequency
Bus
Frequency
L2
Cache
E1060 1.80GHz 800MHz 1MB
E1040 1.60GHz 800MHz 1MB
E1020 1.40GHz 800MHz 1MB

The Pentium Conroe-L lineup will carry the E1000 series processor number. Three Pentium E1000 models will be available initially. These models include the Pentium E1060, E1040 and E1020 clocked at 1.80, 1.60 and 1.40 GHz respectively. All Pentium E1000 series processors will have an 800 MHz front-side bus with 1MB of L2 cache. Intel Enhanced Memory 64 Technology and Execute Disable Bit are the only technologies featured on Pentium E1000 processors. Intel Virtualization, HyperThreading and Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology are not supported.

Not much is known about the Conroe-L Celeron aside from it having a 400 number sequence. Expect the Celeron 400 series to be slightly crippled when compared to the Pentium E1000 series. DailyTech speculates Conroe-L Celeron 400 series processors will have 512KB of L2 cache and operate on a 533 MHz front-side bus to not overlap with the Pentium E1000 series.

Pricing and availability of Pentium E1000 and Celeron 400 series processors is unknown at the moment.


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Let me translate this...
By Duwelon on 9/21/2006 1:10:15 AM , Rating: 2
"For those people who wouldn't use a C2D to their potential anyway, they can have their Pentiums."




RE: Let me translate this...
By Lazarus Dark on 9/21/2006 3:24:27 AM , Rating: 2
I understand, but comeon, conroe is pretty cheap already. maybe I understand the lower clocked "pentium e10xx" but an even lower celeron seems retarded. My current 5yearold 1.1ghz celeron laptop can't even play mpeg4 without freezing. What place does such a low clocked proc have in todays world? Anyone who just needs a word processer or web surfing already has it and this won't improve anything. Other than pushing off bottom bin procs on the unsuspecting, I don't understand the reasoning behind these.


RE: Let me translate this...
By AQFP on 9/21/2006 4:37:40 AM , Rating: 2
The "Core" Celeron 400 is not your 1.1 GHz laptop of five years ago. As for Intel's reasoning, no doubt Intel has already determined a Core-based Celeron 400 will run Windows Vista acceptably for its word-processing low-end target market.


RE: Let me translate this...
By Tsuwamono on 9/21/06, Rating: -1
RE: Let me translate this...
By Zandros on 9/21/06, Rating: 0
RE: Let me translate this...
By Quiksel on 9/21/2006 3:25:52 PM , Rating: 3
Are you kidding me? Sure, Intel should just throw away those lower-binned chips instead of trying to sell them. Sounds like a GREAT business model. Try passing that message along to shareholders.

Intel : "Uhh, hi guys... we feel it's just better to not compete with our chief rival because we feel bad about taking the performance crown away from them when we introduced Conroe. You guys understand, right?"

Shareholders : "Sure, Intel, that's fine. I think I'll go and sell all my stock right now."

The problem with that logic is that they've practically already lost the money in the lower-binned chips if they don't at least try and sell them. Seems like a logical decision to me. Sure, you might not want one, but I'm sure someone will buy some, and that's good business for Intel.


RE: Let me translate this...
By Zandros on 9/22/2006 7:36:45 PM , Rating: 2
Yes. Yes, I am kidding you. I was poking fun on how absurd the previous suggestion was if you were Intel, but my point seems to not have come through.


RE: Let me translate this...
By h0kiez on 9/21/2006 8:29:22 AM , Rating: 2
Sounds to me like we may be looking at some "outstanding value through overclocking" with these chips...to quote anand's article about the E6300 & E6400.


RE: Let me translate this...
By retrospooty on 9/21/2006 9:08:06 AM , Rating: 2
Intel is likely selling chips that have failed L2 cache. They simply map out that cache and sell it off as a low end CPU. It takes a 100% loss, and turns it into a minor gain.

As for who needs it? Its still a good CPU for most people, word processing, internet, office apps etc. It will sell.


RE: Let me translate this...
By AzureKevin on 9/21/06, Rating: 0
RE: Let me translate this...
By Phynaz on 9/21/2006 12:58:39 PM , Rating: 2
O.M.G.

Please people, READ THE ARTICLE BEFORE POSTING.

It will stop you from looking like an idiot.


RE: Let me translate this...
By darkfossil on 9/21/2006 1:41:35 PM , Rating: 2
I am thinking about building a Conroe system and was wondering if it is better to build now or build later when the Quadro's come out? Will the price for the Core 2 Duo's go down with this or should I buy now?


RE: Let me translate this...
By PrinceGaz on 9/21/2006 10:19:45 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure if the quad-core Core 2 processors will be called Core 2 Quadro because a certain graphics-card manufacturer uses the Quadro name already for its workstation-cards.

But to answer your question, yes the cost of Core 2 Duos will doubtless fall when the quad-core models become available, but bear in mind that by then AMD will be close to launching the K8L which should at least match and quite possibly exceed Conroe's performance.


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