I've been hearing about these for a while now. There's two of them in the early days. The Celeron line will also be continuing as single core Core2 chips for desktops. Those will be fairly decent for using I would imagine for a budget PC.
Just got them in in my store - "Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor E2140"
1.60ghz / 1mb / 800mhz
Got it in my hands right now - could this be the new budget overclocking king???
1mb L2 - might me see the scalability and effects of a smaller cache now too?
Have you been in a cave for the last couple months? This is one of the two budget Core 2s (Allendale w/half cache) to be sold at the start of June. Price of $75 and $85 for the E2140 and E2160. These are going to steal the low end from AMD's 3600 and 3800 X2. E2140 is a guaranteed 100% overclocker as long as you have a board that can do 400fsb. At stock, the 1MB shared cache has only minor affect on performance, but as you scale up the clock speed, the diminished cache starts to limit the CPU's potential much the same as going from a 4MB Conroe to a 2MB Allendale. The Asian site PConline has a great article on the subject. You might want to look at it:
Yeah, you guys are right. Nobody ever went wrong underestimating the knowledge of the general public. There's probably lots of people out there who think that Pentium is cutting edge because they read an ad in a magazine 5 years ago or remember the Blue Man Group!