New Core 2 Duo coming January 21?

Intel will make a new addition to its Core 2 Duo line in January, HKEPC has learned. The site says Intel will launch a Core 2 Duo E4300 chip clocked at 1.8GHz with 2MB of cache, an 800MHz front-side bus, and no hardware virtualization support on January 21, 2007. The Core 2 Duo E4300 will be based on a new Conroe revision with 2MB of cache natively, and it will be priced at $163, replacing the Pentium D 945 that currently bears that price tag.

HKEPC also has news of more Core 2 Duo chips supposedly on Intel's roadmap for the second and third quarters of 2007. We've already heard about spiffed-up Core 2 Duos with 1333MHz FSBs expected in that time frame, but Intel will reportedly have two new Core 2 Duo E4000-series chips and a new Core 2 Duo E6390 chip out around then, as well. The Core 2 Duo E4200 and E4400 will come in the second quarter with clock speeds of 1.6GHz and 2.0GHz, respectively, and specifications otherwise similar to the aforementioned Core 2 Duo E4300. As for the Core 2 Duo E6390, that particular chip will be a version of the current Core 2 Duo E6400 with hardware virtualization support taken out.

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