Intel phase out of single-core desktop CPUs to begin in 1Q08

Intel will begin the phase out of single-core processors for desktops in first quarter of 2008 with the launch of an entry-level dual-core series, the Celeron E1000, according to sources at PC makers. The company will also add two 45nm processors in its E4000 family during the quarter.

The first dual-core Celeron processor, the E1200 will have core frequency of 1.6GHz, 800MHz FSB and 512KB L2 cache with price of US$53 in thousand-unit quantities. Although Intel will enter 45nm process production this November, entry-level processors such as those in the E1000 series will still be fabbed at 65nm using a Conroe-based core, noted the sources.

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I think this is kinda cool. But OTOH, what of power conservation? Basic understanding is (maybe BIOS option too) one core is always in use and other one turns on as needed. Is this the case? Do these chips consume more power? Its a problem as there is a limit of power generation in some countries and even NA. More computers at home and workplace with more power drain (if 'dual cores' are) means less power for other uses or more power plants.

Actually if I'm not mistaken the new dual core chips use less power than the older generations of single core chips do to their much smaller die sizes.

TRC said,
Actually if I'm not mistaken the new dual core chips use less power than the older generations of single core chips do to their much smaller die sizes.

Untill you start going the 4x core or 8x core (intel showing that tech off) route.

Wow, a Conroe based processor? Finally a Celeron processor that doesn't suck! I bet it will have a good overclocking capability. AMD is getting clusterf****** by Intel :P

There have been quite a few Celeron's that didn't suck actually. Oh and Enigma, didn't Neowin put out a warning a while back about calling people that?

cork1958 said,
Quite "low level" huh? Only 1.6GHz? :(

Its not that bad my laptop has a intel core 2 duo 5250 at 1.5 and with the 8600m gt I can run a lot of the newest games so 1.6 isnt that bad.

Heck my e6600 core 2 duo is only 2.0 ghz

The days when the amount of GHz was important are gone. I assure you that the new Celeron is much more performant than a Pentium 4 3.8 GHz, for example. What really counts these days is the amount of cache and FSB speed.