Just bought a motherboard/cpu combo from Fry's. It's a Pentium D chip, mated to a ECS motherboard that supports the Intel 6XX Series CPU. I really haven't kept up with the various CPU series as well as I should have, but I thought that the Dual core processors were the latest and greatest...it's strange to see one with a 533MHz FSB with a 2.66GHz speed. I thought they were all at least 800MHz FSB, with hyper-threading etc.
Did Intel just decide to make a dual core processor that is compatible with the old style stuff? I realize this is brand new, but it just seems like it's older technology mated with the latest processor technology.
Not sure what my real question here is, other than to get some insight into how this dual core processor will help and what Intel's is doing with their processor's. The P4 family is so different than how they marketed the original P1's, PII's and PIII's. I just can't keep up with the various CPU's in the P4 family. Is the Dual Core a P4 or something totally different and new?