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Intel Releases New Midrange Chips

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August 12, 2008 4:50:04 PM

Intel has released several new midrange processors all based on its 45nm process technology from both the Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad lines. Vendors of gaming PCs are expected to manufacture new systems based on these processors shortly.
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August 12, 2008 5:07:57 PM

Aww... When's the E5200 coming out? =(.
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August 12, 2008 5:18:11 PM

Oohhhh.... I wanna see how well the Q9650 OCs. It should OC as well as a E8400 since it uses the same multi.
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August 12, 2008 5:25:26 PM

jimmysmittyOohhhh.... I wanna see how well the Q9650 OCs. It should OC as well as a E8400 since it uses the same multi.


That makes absolutely no sense. The multiplier does not directly correlate to how 'OCable' a chip is... The Q6600 used a 9x multiplier and didn't OC the same as an E8400. There's a lot more that goes into it than just that.
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August 12, 2008 5:35:27 PM

MagicalMuleAww... When's the E5200 coming out? =(.

Never.
The e7300 sounds like a e8600 with half the cache just like the e7200 is about like a e8500 with half the cache. The FSB is artificially lowered, but can be overclocked fairly easily, according to reviews. At about the same price point, the e7300 sounds like a good bet for me. 400 FSB x 10 = 4GHz. Yum.
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August 12, 2008 6:39:15 PM

The C2Q Q9XX0 series is so dominant I don't see how AMD can compete against this. C2Q is fast, cool, energy efficient, overclockable and relatively cheap. The only thing Phenom has going for is lower platform cost; $100~140 for a high end 780g/790gx board.
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August 12, 2008 7:03:09 PM

Well the E8600 was the only dual core to get a new stepping. Don/t think any dual core is worth more than the Q6600. E8600 isn't worth the price as the Q9400 with new RO stepping may get a good OC. Cant add additional cores so not worth the cheapest quads price.

The Q9400 got a new stepping but its not going to be used to make a dual core R0. Bet this changes when they run out of the old stock for the E7300.

Price drop on the Q9550 was nice but what of the Q9450? With core i7 and back to school I would think Intel would start cutting prices across the board.

What happened to the 6 core versions Intel promised?
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August 12, 2008 7:10:36 PM

awww.... almost makes me wish i had waited another month to build my computer :( 

and elbert is right... no price cut on the 9450? but introduce the 9400 which almost as god for $50-60 less and then the 9550 @ just a little more $10)..
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August 12, 2008 8:17:10 PM

Frys has Q9450 for $279.99.

I wonder if Q9450 has reached EOL? Can Tom's or someone confirm? No more Q9450's from Intel?
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August 12, 2008 10:15:20 PM

What happened to the Q8xxx series? I saw it available for preorder weeks ago.
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August 13, 2008 6:24:37 AM

Shadow703793The 10x multi on the E7300 helps.
I really want one of those :) 
BSMonitorFrys has Q9450 for $279.99. I wonder if Q9450 has reached EOL? Can Tom's or someone confirm? No more Q9450's from Intel?
I have seen alot of people mention that around the net, and it makes sense, since it's only advantage over the Q9400 is having double the cache. It's not yet listed as discontinued on Intel's website, but they also don't list the Q9650 yet, so they're a little slow.
http://ark.intel.com/cpugroup.aspx?familyID=28398
SlobogobWhat happened to the Q8xxx series? I saw it available for preorder weeks ago.
They're not even on the processor finder yet, but they're expected to be released on August 31st. Here's to hoping Intel delivers on the speculation :) 
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August 18, 2008 12:03:05 PM

I ahve an E7200 with 9.5 multiplier and can only get it to 3.8GHZ stable without going over the maximum voltage recommendations of 1.36v made by intel. And this is within the thermal envelope requred of below 70 degrees celcius. Even with a 10 multiplier I do not see this chip safely operating at 4ghz as nothing other than the multiplier is changed, saying that, it will help if you dont have a board that can run 1600fsb as you will get higher clocks without overstressing your chipset.

Electric migration is real and happens, besides, 3.8ghz is more than plenty fast enough to play anything matched with a hd4870.
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