A 4.1 GHz Dual Core at $130 - Can it be True?

Three Theories Where The Customer Comes Out Ahead

Now we must raise the obvious question: "why is Intel bringing this CPU to market?" We have three possible theories to explain this offering. The first is that with 65 nm process technology, processor manufacturing is working out better than Intel expected, allowing it to offer a larger product portfolio. Thus, to empty the warehouses of processors built using 90 nm technology and to avoid financial drawbacks, older technology products must be made more attractive to buyers. Clock speeds and prices will both be reduced dramatically, to permit a quick sell-off of the 90 nm parts.

The second theory is that this CPU has been released deliberately, to give Intel an option for going after AMD's position in the overclocking market. The latter vendor has offered its lower-frequency Opteron 144 to the server segment for some time now, which likewise occupies a similar price point and provides comparable overclocking appeal.

Finally, the third possibility we might suggest is that the Pentium D 805 represents nothing more than a simple OEM CPU that just happens to incorporate a lucky combination of technical characteristics that support great overclocking potential.

In the end, it's immaterial which of these theories is correct. In every case, the customer wins!

Ideal Conditions For Overclocking

From a collection of technical characteristics we can derive four key elements that a CPU must possess to demonstrate strong overclocking potential:

  • Low front side bus stock clock speed, which creates the possibility for overclocking
  • A high multiplier value, which enables the processor to attain high clock rates
  • An improved circuit version (stepping)
  • A low price, to make the cost difference with a top-of-the-line CPU sufficiently large to justify the effort required in overclocking.
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  • Tnias
    I am quite interested in your post regarding the D 805. Considering that it is now available for around $60.00 (03/20/09), it still sounds like a steal. We just upgraded our Adobe CS2 software to the new CS4 Master Suite, which caused the need for a graphics card upgrade. We have an nVidia GeForce GTX 260, but haven't installed it because our computer is a HP Media Center PCm7350n computers each with a 2.8 GHz CPU on a ASUS P5LP-LE mobo. Your article seemed to imply that there is software available that might adjust the clock from inside windows and we are wondering if it can on that mobo or if we will have to get a different mobo. If so, we are wondering what might be our most cost effective but stable options. We are certainly going to need a new power supply for the GTX 260, which requires 525 Watts. We are looking at just putting in PC Power & Cooling’s, Silencer 610 EPS12V power supplyand letting it go at that, but we are also thinking about upgrading the CPU and mobo if necessary.

    Of course, we would like to keep the cost down as much as possible.

    We have no idea where the best bang for the buck will be. For us a stable system is more important than blazing speed. Thus, the HP's worked fine for what we originally got them for; it’s just that our graphics and video production software are forcing upgrades in speed and power.

    The D850 chip sounds incredible and the power supply we already have to get will handle overclocking that chip. It even sounds like that chip will work in the existing mobo if we can find a way to change the clock speed from inside windows instead of from the BIOS. HP BIOS does not allow adjusting the clock speed in the BIOS but can't BIOS just be changed as well; isn't it just an EPROM?

    Anyway, even if we opt for changing out the mobo for another case compatible Asus mobo, we still have to answer the question of which board and chip combination will give us the most stable service for the least cost.

    Any ideas that might help us plan the most appropriate upgrade and the least cost?
  • amnotanoobie
    TniasAny ideas that might help us plan the most appropriate upgrade and the least cost?
    With the price of components that you need to make this run stable, and the amount of electricity that this would use, a cheap Core 2 and motherboard and DDR2 memory would cost you less in the long run.


    Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200
    Kingston DDR2 2x2GB 800MHz
    Gigabyte G31M-ES2C

    This should cost less than $200.
  • salh
  • smeezekitty
    4 year old thread!
  • salh
    11206355 said:
    4 year old thread!

    no hate pl0x