Intel quietly intros three new desktop CPUs

— 2:56 PM on December 1, 2008

Just as rumored, Intel has quietly updated its price list with three brand-new desktop processors: the Celeron E1500, Pentium E5300, and Core 2 Quad Q8300.

The new Core 2 Quad certainly looks the most noteworthy, being a relatively affordable step up from the $190 Core 2 Quad Q8200. This new model has the same 45nm Penryn design, 4MB of L2 cache, and 1,333MHz front-side bus as the Q8200, but it runs at 2.5GHz instead of 2.33GHz and costs $224 in 1,000-unit quantities. Intel's similarly-clocked Core 2 Quad Q9300, which has 6MB of L2 cache, remains at $266 in Intel's price list.

The Pentium E5300 is a little bit less exciting, offering a modest clock speed increase (100MHz) over the 2.5GHz Pentium E5200 for a few dollars more—$86 in volume quantities instead of $83 for the slower chip in e-tail. The E5200 and E5300 otherwise have identical specifications, and they're both 45nm parts.

Finally, the Celeron E5100 bolsters the bottom of Intel's dual-core lineup at $53. It's based on the company's older 65nm architecture, and it runs at 2.2GHz with 512KB of shared L2 cache and an 800MHz FSB. Since Intel is launching this new chip with the same price tag as the 2GHz Celeron E1400, the slower, older model may well disappear before too long.

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