Rumor: 2.8GHz Pentium E6300 to arrive next quarter

Intel's model numbering scheme usually tends to make sense. However, if a report by Fudzilla is correct, the company could soon induce some head-scratching among enthusiasts by rolling out a 45nm Pentium E6300 processor.

As you might recall, the Core 2 Duo E6300 was one of the first Core 2 processors to hit stores, and it ran at 1.86GHz with 2MB of cache and a 1066MHz FSB. (We even have benchmarks of it in ye olde TR archives.) The Pentium E6300 will supposedly share those last two attributes—the cache size and front-side bus speed—but with a decidedly faster 2.8GHz clock speed. Also a much lower price tag.

Fudzilla expects the Pentium E6300 to debut in the second quarter with a price in the €80-100 range. That'll probably translate to $80-100 on the other side of the pond, since European prices tend to be higher. (In case you're wondering, the Core 2 Duo E6300 cost $183 when it came out three years ago. That's $192 in modern-day dollars if you adjust for inflation. Ah, those were the days.)

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