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2008-02-29T10:38:26Z
Just in case you hopped right down to the news and missed the fresh link at the top of the page, we’re writing to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and performance of Intel’s recently released, Wolfdale-based Core 2 Duo E8500 processor.  The E8500 uses Intel’s 45nm Penryn derived Wolfdale core, with a 3.16GHz clock speed, 6MB of L2 cache, and support for SSEE4.1.  Overall, even in its stock configuration this processor was a strong performer, while consuming less power than Intel’s previous generation 65nm products.  But while overclocked to over 4GHz on air-cooling alone, it put up some truly impressive benchmark scores.  Click the link below and take a look...

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale CPU

1nteljunki3
2008-02-29T11:23:50Z

Impressive performance, and it will run on my Johannesburg backup machine just fine, so excited for these to come out.

LaMpiR
2008-02-29T15:02:19Z
To be an enthusiast? Sure is. But it looks very expensive hobby 🙂
SiGfever
2008-02-29T15:24:34Z

 All the new processors and boards out are an addicts dream. [H]

recoveringknowitall
2008-02-29T15:49:32Z
Kamrooz
2008-02-29T20:48:01Z

 The yorkfields are going to be monsters. I just wish they had a 9x mutliplier like the q6600 >_<...But regardless of that, if I was to pick one up. The q9450 would be it for the SSE4 instruciton set. I work with video after all ^_^.

SiGfever
2008-03-01T07:21:24Z

 Yes I was very disappointed in their Multi. A 9x would have made this chip a killer.

Kamrooz
2008-03-01T08:22:24Z

Imagine taking those sexy quads above 4 ghz..>_<..GOD!..That would honestly rock. But that 8/8.5 multi is a slap in the face. But you have to give a hand to intel, this will still drive people towards the q6600 considering the price is going to drop to 200, as well as have a 9x multi for great overclocking. =P 

SiGfever
2008-03-01T08:43:03Z

 Yes when the prices drop I will replace my e6600 with a q6600 in one of my servers and buy a board for the q6600. I have been wanting to try a different board on a q6600 just to see what the possibilities are. Currently my e6600 sits on a P35-DS3R which is a great Cruncher board.

jtm55
2008-03-01T11:22:33Z

Hi All,

The Wolfdale CPU's are very impressive. That's why I'm going with the E8400 paired with a Maximus Formula Motherboard. 

SiGfever
2008-03-01T11:46:15Z

I have been tempted to buy that MB when I get my second quad. 

recoveringknowitall
2008-03-01T13:29:43Z

jtm55 wrote:

That's why I'm going with the E8400

I'm leaning towards that myself.

 

Kamrooz
2008-03-02T00:04:58Z

If I was to get a new rig, the maximus formula would definitely be the choice if I went x38. That black/blue finish is beautiful 😃...Love the features, and pci-e 2.0 is nice to have for future drop in video card upgrades. The only downside is the factor of nehalem 😛....So I think it'd be best to nab a p35 board and save some cash ^.^

jtm55
2008-03-02T07:40:41Z

Kamrooz wrote:

If I was to get a new rig, the maximus formula would definitely be the choice if I went x38. That black/blue finish is beautiful 😃...Love the features, and pci-e 2.0 is nice to have for future drop in video card upgrades. The only downside is the factor of nehalem 😛....So I think it'd be best to nab a p35 board and save some cash ^.^

 

Hi All

Nehalem, if it lives up to expectations will be a Monster. However, do we know when it's to be released? Do we know how much it's going to cost? Intel, if they follow their normal routine releases their Flagship Top of the line processors first. Suppose there's a delay in Intels release schedule? Point being I see no reason to wait for a Processor that isn't even out yet & are not sure when it is to be released.

recoveringknowitall
2008-03-02T12:01:44Z

I agree and don't like waiting. If you can afford to upgrade and want something now... go for it. Don't get me wrong, I feel it is important for the buyer to know at least a bit about upcoming tech so they can estimate a window of viability. I say this because it would suck if the buyer were completely out of the loop and jumped on something that was actually "on it's way out" only to see the next big thing come out very shortly after their purchase. Granted most of the forum goers here are very up on the bleeding edge, but I think you guys see my point. 

If I spend 2 or 3 c notes on a processor and another 2 on a board that supports wolf/york and DDR2 for a total of $500, I wouldn't mind if in the worst case scenario I was only able to ride it for 12 mos. because I game ALOT so I'd get plenty of use out of it in that time. Not to mention that after only 12 mos. I can probably get at least $300 for the set on e-bay(or craigslist)and more if I throw in the DDR2. So essentially I'd be paying $200 for a solid year of use of a nice cpu and board... not to shabby at all IMO.