Intel releases sub-$200 dual-core P4 D

By Justin Mann on February 24, 2006, 3:11 PM
Intel has jumped ahead of AMD a bit with the release of their low cost dual-core Pentium D 805, at the very affordable price of $146 (newegg). The advantage of SMP sometimes far outweighs a faster front side bus or faster clock rates, so a dual core offering that is half the cost of similar chips is definitely something that will catch many peoples eyes. Running at 2.66GHz with 2MB of L2 cache (1mb per core) and running on a 533MHz FSB, spec-wise the chip isn't breaking any ground, but price wise it definitely is. AMD has their work cut out for them if they wish to challenge Intel in the cheap dual core market now, and it will be very interesting to see how this changes the market, most especially in office environments where multitasking performance far outweighs the need for raw performance.




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nathanskywalker said:
Wow...no way...dude, i'm totaly an AMD man, but now i'm thinking...dude...dual-core for $145? I don't know, i just might have to go intel for a while....
All_One_Mind said:
yeah, it's definitely tempting at that price range, but I'm willing to wait until quad cores become cheap before going multi-core at all.
crossfire851 said:
[b]Originally posted by All_One_Mind:[/b][quote]yeah, it's definitely tempting at that price range, but I'm willing to wait until quad cores become cheap before going multi-core at all.[/quote] 10 years later....I think this a great thing to make DC's mainstream but, lets see what AMD will have to counter with.
DragonMaster said:
[quote] yeah, it's definitely tempting at that price range, but I'm willing to wait until quad cores become cheap before going multi-core at all.[/quote]You should get DC only when 4C will get out. As it is now, DCs have problems with a couple of programs... What will happen with 4? !!
nathanskywalker said:
Dudes!!! I bought it.... my system died a while ago so i needed to get a whole new setup...unfortunently i can't afford the mobo and powersupply, But yeahya!!!! dual-core here i come!!!! personally i preffer intel, but dual-core, low cost, ey? looken my way...
spike said:
[quote]The Pentium D 805 processor with low-speed processor system bus as well as moderate frequency is likely to receive lackluster welcome by computer enthusiasts, still users who demand general-purpose performance and deal with a lot of applications at once are expected to like the new product.[/quote]Very cool but I'm a computer enthusiast, and I'm not particularly enthusiastic about the fact that this chip really isn't all that fast at all. Sure -great for intensive multitaskers, but I'd rather wait untill a DC running at a halfway decent speed comes out for the same price. If I bought that thing then with the way I used my machine I'd not see that much benefit over my aging athlon XP2400+! It'd rather save my money for something I'd see a REAL benefit from.
Mictlantecuhtli said:
[b]Originally posted by DragonMaster:[/b][quote]As it is now, DCs have problems with a couple of programs... [/quote]What problems?
DragonMaster said:
[quote]What problems?[/quote][url]http://kb.mozillazine.org/Timeout_on_d
al_core[/url]Hopefully, there's a solution.And some games are just working on one core...
Eko said:
Well, well... Seems that Intel is starting to learn!Three or four years ago, you were able to buy, for example Intel socket 478 at 2.4 Ghz or the much more cost-balanced 2.4 Ghz AMD Socket A. Even if the first one with HT activated had no rival, a large number of users chosed AMD instead, despite of the lower performance, because of the price. Will we assist at the same change of heart now, but in reverse? "BUY DC INTEL 'CAUSE IT'S CHEAPER {AND BETTER AT GAMING} ?" Only time can tell. But for now, I honestly choose AMD. For gaming, it's THE choice.
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