Phenom II X2 BE: Intel Style
AMD's business model must have struck a chord (and nerve) with Intel. AMD has two great dual-core processors, the Phenom II X2 and the Athlon II X2. These newer processors run on the AM3 socket and are fabricated using the 45nm process, but the bigger news is that they are sub-$100 with loads of extras for our overclocking pleasures (unlocked multipliers, and even unlocking cores). Up until now, Intel's pickings in this market were slim. Now, they are unveiling the E6500K. The new processor is based off of the 45nm Wolfdale-2m core, and comes clocked at 2.93 GHz (11 x 266). It has a 2MB L2 cache, and a FSB frequency of 1066MHz (compared to 800MHz of the E5000 series). But the best part I saved for last (to keep you reading the article, of course): it has an unlocked multiplier! Currently, the chip is available in China for RMB 1299 ($190), but look for it to make its US debut soon for around $89.