New Intel Celerons and Quad-Cores In January

New Intel Celerons and Quad-Cores In January

Apparently Intel hasn't forgotten those of you on a budget or in need of a low-power solution for Home Theater setup and the like.  Word is Intel is gearing up to release the Celeron E1200 in January, a 65W chip with dual cores at 1.6GHz, 512KB of cache and an 800MHz FSB.  Word is three mid-range 45nm quad-core (Yorkfield) chips are due out the same day as well, with  Q9300, Q9450 and Q9550 are on the horizon, set to launch on January 20th.

"The first dual-core Celeron processor, the E1200, will have core frequency of 1.6GHz, 800MHz FSB and 512KB L2 cache with a price of US$53 in thousand-unit quantities."

    

Intel: Upcoming desktop CPUs

Model

Price in thousand units (US)

Features

E1200

53

1.6GHz/512KB L2/800MHz FSB/65W

Q9300

266

2.5GHz/6MB L2/1333MHz FSB

Q9450

316

2.66GHz/12MB L2/1333MHz FSB

Q9550

530

2.83GHz/12MB L2/1333MHz FSB

E8190

163

2.66GHz/6MB L2/1333MHz FSB

E8200

163

2.66GHz/6MB L2/1333MHz FSB

E8400

183

3GHz/6MB L2/1333MHz FSB

E8500

266

3.16GHz/6MB L2/1333MHz FSB

Source, Digitimes

Looks like the 2.66GHz Q9450 is going to weigh in around $300... That's a Phenominal ouch.

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Maybe I'm kidding myself, but I don't feel that a quad core will be a necessity even for hard core gamers going into 08. With that being said, I'd like to get that E8500 and see how far beyond 4ghz I could take it... I might even be willing to give liquid cooling a try for that purpose! I know how potent core architecture is and would imagine that at 5ghz it would even run games well in 09!!!

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It all depends on what you do. If you're a big gamer and don't do a lot of multi-tasking then you're probably right on with a dual core. If you have a few multi-threaded apps in your future though, you'll miss those other cores. And don't forget games will become more and more multi-threaded over time.

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