Intel Pentium D 805 Available for $150

Dual-Core Processors Reach Mainstream Price-Point

by Anton Shilov
02/22/2006 | 11:59 PM

The highly-anticipated low-cost dual-core microprocessor from Intel Corp. is now available in the U.S. and

Japan for the price well-below of $200, an anticipated price-point. While the new chip is not a performance champion, the product will still allow users to enjoy more robust multi-tasking.

Intel Pentium D processor 805 2.66GHz, uses 533MHz processor system bus and sports 2MB level-two cache (1MB per core). The processor was originally expected to become available in March, 2006, but the plans may have changed and the new central processing units (CPUs) are available for purchase even now.

In Tokyo, Japan, several stores sell the new Pentium D 805 for the price between $144 (?16 980) to $159 (?18 690), Akiba2Go web-site reports. In the U.S. the new chip is available at for $146.

Up to now, the least expensive Pentium D 820 dual-core chip costs $241 in 1000-unit quantities at Intel, the price-point not suitable for the mainstream market. By offering Intel Pentium D 805 for less than $200, the company will be able to sell more dual-core chips. The Pentium D 805 processor with low-speed processor system bus as well as moderate frequency is likely to receive lackluster welcome by computer enthusiasts, still users who demand general-purpose performance and deal with a lot of applications at once are expected to like the new product.