Intel isn't going to take competition from AMD's new, $199 Phenom II X6 1055T lying down. According to a story on XFastest, the world's biggest chipmaker is prepping a successor to the $196 Core i5-750, its cheapest quad-core Nehalem processor.
Citing nebulous "Intel sources," XFastest calls this successor the Core i5-760, and it cites a 2.8GHz clock speed and a BX80605I5760 model number for the retail-boxed offering. (We're not seeing any premature e-tail listings yet, believe it or not.) Intel will reportedly base the i5-760 on the same stepping as the i5-750, so overclocking potential and other factors might not be too different.
For the unacquainted, the Core i5-750 has four 45-nm cores clocked at 2.66GHz with 8MB of L3 cache and a 95W thermal envelope. The i5-750 scored exceptionally well in both our performance-per-dollar and power-efficiency-per-dollar charts when we accounted for full system pricing, but we found that AMD's Phenom II X6 1055T and 1090T chips unseated it on the performance-per-dollar scale. Assuming the Core i5-760 replaces the i5-750 at the same price point, perhaps the 133MHz speed boost will help Intel regain that crown.
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