Native 2MB Core 2 Duos coming in February?
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.