Intel’s rumored Core 2 Quad Q8000-series processor is set to launch on August 31st, in the shape of the 2.33GHz Q8200 according to recent reports. The chip will have a 1,333MHz FSB and 4MB cache, and slot in beneath the existing Q9000-series of quad-core processors.
The company will be selling the Q8200 chip for $224 wholesale, presuming you order in the thousands. This is a little higher than the estimated $203 the CPU was first suggested as. While it is still a 45nm chip, the Q8000-series will be differentiated from the more expensive Q9000-range by the omission of VT and TXT technology.
VT is the company’s virtualization system, allowing multiple virtual systems to run on a single processor, while TXT stands for “Trusted Execution Technology” and is Intel’s hardware-based security extension.