Deal of the week: sub-$150 Core 2 Duos

For our deal post this week, we've selected Intel's Core 2 Duo E4500 and Core 2 Duo E4400 processors. As a result of Intel's recent price cuts, Mwave now offers the former for $139.00 and the latter for just $119. Newegg's in the same neighborhood, once you factor in shipping. The E4500 model runs at a speed of 2.2GHz, and the E4400 runs at 2GHz. Both chips have 2MB of shared L2 cache and a front-side bus speed of 800MHz.

Considering Intel's 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo E6400 and E6420 are both still priced around $185, being able to snag a 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo for three quarters of the price is quite interesting indeed. The E4500 may have a slower front-side bus and less L2 cache than the E6420, but judging by the benchmarks we've seen around the web, those drawbacks have only a minor impact on performance.

Besides, the lower front-side bus is a nice touch for overclockers. One could overclock the E4500 to a cool 2.66GHz without straying from the standard 1066MHz front-side bus speed on recent Intel-compatible motherboards.

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