Intel Core 2 Duo E8700 with 3.5 GHz under way - Update
On the Intel website a new dual-core CPU with Wolfdale core has been listed: The Core 2 Duo E8700 comes with 3.5 GHz.
Intel: Core 2 Duo E8700 coming soon.
At the Intel Ark website, which lists all CPUs and platforms, there is a new dual-core CPU with Wolfdale core listed. The Core 2 Duo E8700 is clocked to 3.5 GHz (multiplier: 10.5) and has a TDP of 65 watt. The other specifications match those of the other Wolfdale processors of the E 8xxx series: 2x 64 KiByte L1 cahce, 6 MiByte L2 cache and 333 MHz QDR FSB. The CPU voltage is specified between 0.8625 and 1.2500 volt.
Prices have not been listed on the product page of the E8700, although the product status is "Launched”. But one might expect Intel to stick to their price pattern and that the E8700 will take the price position of the E8600 (currently $266). The E8600 would drop to $183 and thus reach a real cut price compared to the Phenom II series.
Update January 28, 2009 Intel has removed the website of the E8700. Via statement directed at PC Games Hardware Intel apologized for the "incorrect entry”. Currently there are no statements possible about if or when the yet unannounced CPU will hit the markets.
PC Games Hardware still estimates that the E8700 will be released introduced around the launch of AMD's AM3 CPUs at the latest. A Belgian online shop already listed the E8700 for about €260.