The folks at Fudzilla have managed to obtain some specific information regarding an upcoming Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 processor. We talked about the chip in conjunction with a report about Intel price cuts earlier this month, but some uncertainty still surrounded the E8600's exact pricing and launch date.
If one is to believe Fudzilla, the Core 2 Duo E8600 will come out on August 10 with a $266 price tag. The CPU will run at 3.33GHz, or about 170MHz faster than the Core 2 Duo E8500 Intel recently pulled down from $266 to $183. Today, Newegg carries the E8500 for $194.99 with free three-day shipping.
Fudzilla points out that this may be the last high-end Core 2 Duo, and recently leaked roadmaps would seem to corroborate that claim. Supposedly, Intel will replace the E8600 and other current-gen chips in the same price range with dual- and quad-core Nehalem derivatives in the third quarter of 2009.