Not too long ago Intel quietly slipped its E2xxx series (starting with the E2140) into the retail chain at a fraction over £50
We have learned that, instead of just phasing it out with faster products, Intel is going to continue the squeeze on AMD and just drop the price of the Pentium E2140 processor when it launches the E2160 and E2180 on August 26th.
These 1MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB processors will initially drop from $74 to $71 per 1000
with the July 22nd price cuts, then again down to $64 to compete with AMD's Athlon 64 X2 3600+ and X2 3800+ chips.
It seems Intel is continually putting an aggressive squeeze on AMD from top to bottom in its product line, and is looking to regain any market share lost in the later Celeron years.
Since the E2140 is clocked at just 1.6GHz, we can only assume the E2160 will be 1.8GHz and the E2180 will be 2.0GHz with the same 800MHz bus and 1MB L2 cache. It's a far, far stretch from the 4MB L2 normal Core 2 Duo chips have, but from the reports we've heard, these chips overclock pretty well.
Thinking about a cheap CPU for the future and still not sure what to get? Can't wait until 22nd July for other reasons
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