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27 January 2009

Intel Launches Core 2 Duo E8700

Intel has launched a new flagship dual-core processor under its Core 2 Duo series: the E8700. As the number suggests, the new chip will have its FSB multiplier valie increased by 0.5x. Based on the Wolfdale core, the new model has already made it to Intel's ARK information system on its official webpage (found here).

The new chip comes with a clock-speed of 3.50 GHz, with an FSB of 1,333 MHz. The FSB multiplier value on this chip is 10.5, which gives it a 167 MHz increment over the E8600. Despite the high clock speed, it continues to hold a rated TDP of 65W. It features 6 MB of L2 cache and supports all features listed for the Core 2 Duo E8000 series processors. Intel claims that the chip will be available from its end for at least the next two years. It is yet to be listed by popular computer hardware stores, so we could know its availability and pricing. In most likelihood, it could displace the E8600 from its price-point, looking at the way Intel has been dealing with its lineup lately.


Anonymous said...

I am a gamer, and games still are favoring the high Ghz. over 4 cores. Yes ,true, some games do utilize all 4 cores, but how many? I think I could count them all on one hand. I will be getting this chip when it launches. This chip with a phase change cooler can easily reach 6.0 Ghz. and beyond.

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