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Intel rolls out trio of 65W Core 2 Quad processors

by Parm Mann on 20 January 2009, 13:23

Tags: Core 2 Quad Q9550s, Core 2 Quad Q9400s, Core 2 Quad Q8200s, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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Having slashed prices across its range of existing Core 2 Quad processors, Intel has introduced three new lower-power models aimed at the desktop.

The 45nm LGA775 chips - Intel's Core 2 Quad Q9550s, Q9400s and Q8200s - are the manufacturer's first quad-core desktop parts to feature a TDP of just 65W. Offering speeds of up to 2.83GHz, the chips are most probably binned at a higher speed and can consequently operate under a tighter thermal envelope.

Intel's complete line-up of 65W Core 2 Quad processors breaks down as follows:

Processor
Core 2 Quad Q9550s
Core 2 Quad Q9400s
Core 2 Quad Q8200s
CPU speed
2.83GHz
2.66GHz
2.33GHz
FSB
1,333MHz
1,333MHz
1,333MHz
L2 cache
12MB
6MB
4MB
Manufacturing process
45nm
45nm
45nm
TDP
65W
65W
65W
Price (in 1,000 unit quantities)
$369
$320
$245

Eagle-eyed readers will note that wholesale prices reflect a substantial premium for 65W parts. Intel's existing 95W alternatives, the Q9550, Q9400 and Q8200 are available for $266, $213 and $163, respectively, that's a saving of $103, $107 and $82 for equally-clocked chips.

Nonetheless, it opens the door for quad-core Intel chips in power-restricted mini ITX systems.



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Wow this is what we like to see. just need the prices down a bit more
That is very impressive, no loss in performance. AMD's 65W parts are a bit pathetic in comparison.
staffsMike
That is very impressive, no loss in performance. AMD's 65W parts are a bit pathetic in comparison.


Agreed, and with AMD rolling out 95w dual cores these seem like the way to go.
Verry nice

laptops will see them soon
Hmmm. 40% - 50% price hike over 95w TDP equivalents?

So far, not particularly impressed. Unless there's a significant performance increase, I wouldn't pay it for a standard desktop part. Time, and testing, will tell I guess.