Socket 1156 CPU for 84 USD to be released in early 2010
At the end of 2009 the CPU prices of the LGA1156 platform will start with about 500 US dollars. However, prices are supposed to drop considerably during first quarter 2010 already.
While technical details of Intel's upcoming mainstream platform become clearer there are still many rumors about the planned model policy and covered market segments. It's reckoned to be certain that the 45 nm Quadcore Lynnfield will replace the current LGA775 Core 2 Quad in Q4 2009. Rumors say that the price range will be between 200 and 500 US dollars whereas it is still uncertain how the faster Core i7 and its new expensive LGA1366 platform will differ.
The Clarkdale will satisfy the lower performance spectrum and is to be released at the beginning of 2010. It combines a 32 nm dual-core and a 45 nm graphics unit. Fudzilla provides more information about this chip.
According to Fudzilla the low-budget Clarkdale will be released for 84 US dollars in Q1 2010. At the same spot of Intel's portfolio the Pentium E6300 is now succeeding the Pentium E5300. Thus it becomes apparent that shortly after launch Intel wants to offer the LGA1156 platform in the value segment as well and that it will replace not only the Core 2 but also the current Pentium (formerly Pentium Dual Core).
After the enthusiast segment has already been changed to the LGA1366 platform there is only the Celeron that remains for the LGA775 which is available since 2004. The continuance of a pure low-end platform is said to be unlikely, however. It remains to be seen whether Intel will introduce a Celeron successor from the Nehalem or Westmere series or whether the series will be cancelled due to the faster Clarkdale and the cheaper Atom platform.
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