Pentium E6500: Intel tests small CPU with open multiplier
The Intel Pentium E6500K is set in the lower price segment and in Asia it is offered with an open multiplier for testing purposes. First OC tests have also been published. PC Games Hardware delivers a short summary.
With the Pentium E6500 Intel wants to offer a CPU with a open multiplier which is set in the lower price segment. Besides the normal version for about 80 Euros there will be the E6500K which offers a freely selectable multiplier for additional 20 Euros. In Asia first samples of this CPU model have been revealed. As an Intel spokesman said to xbitlabs.com the testing phase on the Asian market will not be expanded for now. The E6500K will be available for six months from today on. Afterwards Intel will analyze the market performance of the CPU and decide whether the CPU will be sold in other regions as well.
The Pentium E6500(K) is based upon a Wolfdale core, has a clock rate of 2.93 GHz (FSB266) and 2 MiByte L2 cache. First overclocking tests can be found in the internet: Under a voltage of 1.76 V the CPU could be overclocked to 17 x 270 MHz which comes up to a final clock rate of 4,607 MHz. All results which represent the first CPU performance tests can be found on expreview.com.
Meanwhile Intel confirmed that the E6500K will be produced but initially for the Chinese market only. According to Intel the E6500K is a pilot project in China in order to meet the market demands there. During the pilot period Intel will analyze if an establishment might be profitable. However, Intel will investigate the needs of other markets as well.
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