On the 21st of January 2007, Intel will release the Core 2 Duo E4300. This could be an overclocker's dream, HKEPC reports. The processor is cheap and has only a 800MHz FSB but motherboard makers say it can clock to 1066MHz FSB without any change to the voltage.
Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 is the first native 2MB L2 Conroe at L2 Stepping. The processor is running at 1.8GHz, 800MHz FSB and 9X multiplier. Without adding voltage, 1066MHz FSB is mostly achieved and runs really stable. At 1066 MHz FSB, the clock speed is further enhanced to 2.4GHz. Compared with Core 2 Duo E6400 (2.13GHz/2MB L2/1066MHz FSB), this can provide a 10-15% higher performance, but the price is much cheaper, say Core 2 Duo E4300 @ $163 vs Core 2 Duo E6300 @ $183.
When Core 2 Duo E4300 is launched, Pentium D 945 (3.4GHz/2MB x 2/800MHz FSB) @ $163 will fade out and its market is replaced by Pentium D 935 (3.2GHz/2MB x 2/800MHz FSB) @ $133.