Native 2MB Core 2 Duos coming in February?

— 11:56 PM on October 22, 2006

If various rumors originating from Asia are to be believed, Intel is preparing a serious offensive in the sub-$250 processor segment for the first half of next year. Together with some Pentium-branded Conroe-L processors and a cheap Core 2 Duo E4300, loose lips over in Hong Kong are now whispering that Intel will introduce Core 2 Duo chips with cores that feature 2MB of L2 cache natively. Current Core 2 Duo E6300 and E6400 models already have 2MB of cache, but they use the same 4MB core as their more expensive siblings—just with half the cache disabled. The rumored 2MB-native chips would enjoy a smaller die, which should allow Intel to slash its prices. HKEPC says the E6300 and E6400 will both be moved over to the new core in February of next year, likely in order to better compete with upcoming die-shrunk 65nm Athlons from AMD.

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