Intel Core 2 Duo E7000 Set for a Q2 Launch

Intel is apparently set to begin transition the Core 2 Duo E4000 series with the new E700 series, which is based on the 45 nm Wolfdale core. According to reports, the company will launch the E7200 model with a clock speed of 2.53 GHz in Q2 of this year. The first chip will integrate a 1066 MHZ FSB, up from 800 MHz in the E4000 series, and a 3 MB shared L2 cache, up from 2 MB. The thermal design power remains at 65 watts, HKEPC.com reports. Overall, 45 nm processors will be rare sight on the market, as Intel expects only 5% of its total output to be 45 nm. The share is expected to climb to 20% in Q2 and to 50% in Q3. Meanwhile, first information about the E8000 series, the successor of the current Core 2 Duo E6000 models, begins to show up. Several media outlets are reporting that the 45 nm dual cores will be shipping in late January, while the Q9000 quad-cores are expected to follow with a few weeks of delay.

News source: Tom's Hardware

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I just stumbled upon the quad-core Q9450 processor, which is already available for pre-order from some websites in the $350.00 range.

It's a Penryn 45nm core with 12MB L2 cache and a 1333 FSB.

And of course if you're really flush, you'll be able to get the Core 2 Extreme Quad Q9650. There's another article here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/10/29/intel_penryn_4ghz_with_air_cooling/

...which indicates that the Q9650 can be overclocked to 4GHz – and with only air cooling to boot. Haven't read the complete article yet, but I'm working on it.

Here's a good example of a very Contributive post.

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Yes, there's E700 like on TH, and?

It's a error like everyone can make.

my instincts tell me that theres more to having the same 65w tdp than a higher cache and whatnot exactly cancelling out a smaller process... Its screaming, 'OVERCLOCK MEEE!!!!'

No plans have been announced regarding a continuation of the Pentium Dual Core brand, so it looks like that brand dies and the Celeron brand takes over.

Awesome, can't wait to see some benchmarks. I'm considering selling my E6550 for an 8000 series at some point, if 45nm will really make a difference in heat production.