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Intel's 65W Core 2 Quad processors now up for pre-order

by Parm Mann on 5 February 2009, 11:37

Tags: Core 2 Quad Q9550s, Core 2 Quad Q9400s, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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Following a long-awaited introduction last month, Intel's lower-power Core 2 Quad processors are now propping up at various etailers.

Two of the three new 65W parts - the Core 2 Quad Q8200s and Core 2 Quad Q9550s - are available to pre-order from Scan.co.uk*, but at a notable premium. Here's how pricing compares for 65W equivalents of existing 95W parts:

Processor
Core 2 Quad Q9550s
Core 2 Quad Q9550
Core 2 Quad Q8200s
Core 2 Quad Q8200
CPU speed
2.83GHz
2.83GHz
2.33GHz
2.33GHz
FSB
1,333MHz
1,333MHz
1,333MHz
1,333MHz
L2 cache
12MB
12MB
4MB
4MB
Manufacturing process
45nm
45nm
45nm
45nm
TDP
65W
95W
65W
95W
Price

We're sure there are users to whom each degree in temperature makes all the difference, but a price hike of £108 and £74, respectively, currently make both the Q9550s and Q8200s seem far too pricey.

They might be out of reach for the everyday consumer, but 65W quad-core chips are a welcome addition to Intel's line-up and we'd expect them to appear in numerous systems in the coming weeks - and perhaps in a refreshed iMac, too.

*As always, UK-based HEXUS.community discussion forum members will benefit from the SCAN2HEXUS Free Shipping initiative, which will save you a further few pounds plus also top-notch, priority customer service and technical support backed up by the SCANcare@HEXUS forum.



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are they worth it?? err no. as the intel boards use more power there not as far infront as they seem
isn't this just opening up Quad cores in laptops a lot further?
i've seen a couple of laptops using the 95w Q6600, so a 65w version would be much better in a laptop :)
These aren't aimed at notebooks - Intel already have 45w quadcores for notebooks at even more inflated prices :rolleyes:
No die shrink….I guess these are binned based on a low VID?

Might be good overclockers but thats a massive premium to pay for the privilege.

I guess OcUK will do “guaranteed overclock” versions for even more insane cash :P
You would need to save a lot of electricity to be worth the premium. That or desperate to get your 3DMark Score higher with a potential higher overclock to pay that much.

MAybe worth it for a DataCenter running lots, but for the enthusiast I don't think so.