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Build Your Own Intel Core 2 Gaming Rig - A HardwareZone DIY Special
By Kenny Yeo
Category : DIY Guides
Published by Vincent Chang on Tuesday, 25th November, 2008


List of Intel Processors

Right now, most of the newer Intel systems are running on their Core 2 line of processors and can primarily be differentiated by having either dual or quad cores. In addition, there is also the "Extreme" line of quad core processors, with unlocked clock multipliers, for overclocking enthusiasts.

The table below shows the main categories of Intel's Core 2 family of processors. Under each category are many other processors which run at different frequencies and have their own unique specifications. For convenience's sake and the purpose of our demonstration, we have decided to show only the top of the line processors from each category.

(Note: This table does not include the latest Core i7 processors)

List of Intel Processors
Processor Name Pentium Dual-Core Core 2 Duo Core 2 Duo Core 2 Quad Core 2 Extreme Quad
Processor Model E2220, E2200, E2180, E2160 E7200 E8600, E8500, E8400 Q9550, Q9450, Q9300 QX9650, QX9770, QX9750,
Processor Frequency 2.40GHz, 2.20GHz, 2.0GHz 2.5GHz 3.33GHz, 3.2GHz, 3.0GHz 2.80GHz, 2.60GHz, 2.50GHz 3.0GHz, 3.0/3.2GHz, 3.2GHz
No. of Cores 2 2 2 4 4
Front Side Bus (MHz) 800MHz 1066MHz 1333MHz 1333MHz 1333MHz, 1600MHz, 1600MHz
L1 Cache (data + instruction) (32KB + 32KB) x 2 (32KB + 32KB) x 2 (32KB + 32KB) x 2 (32KB + 32KB) x 4 (32KB + 32KB) x 4
L2 Cache 1MB 3MB 6MB 2 x 6MB except Q9300 (2 x 3MB) 6MB
Memory Controller External - Chipset Dependent External - Chipset Dependent External - Chipset Dependent External - Chipset Dependent External - Chipset Dependent
TDP (W) 65 65 65 95 130 - 150
Instruction Set Support MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3 MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSSE4.1 MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSSE4.1 MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSSE4.1 MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSSE4.1
Execute Disable Bit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Intel EM64T / AMD64 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Virtualization Technology No No Yes Yes Yes
Packaging LGA775 for all LGA775 for all LGA775 for all LGA775 for all LGA775 except QX9750 (LGA771)
Process Technology 65nm 45nm 45nm 45nm 45nm
Processor Codename Allendale Wolfdale-3M Wolfdale Yorkfield except Q9300 (Yorkfield-6M) Yorkfield XE
Die Size 111mm² 82mm² 107mm² 214mm² except Q9300 (164mm²) 214mm²
No. of Transistors 167 million 410 million 410 million 820 million 820 million

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