|With AMD getting ready to show and use most of its cards, including the B3 Phenom 9050 and 8050 series processors and the Athlon 6000s in Q2, Intel is finally getting some updated competition, especially in the sub-$300 segments, which are highly lucrative. To counter AMD's products and their predicted low prices, Intel seems to be preparing the release of a new, lower-end Yorkfield processor.
Built using the 45nm node the rumored Q9100 would be the lowest-clocked Yorkfield - 2.33 GHz, compared to the 2,50 Ghz of the Q9300. Still coming with a 1333 MHz FSB the Q9100 would also boast no less than 12MB of L2 cache, double the amount found on the Q9300 but on par with the Q9450, Q9550, QX9650 and QX9770. Since the Q9300 has a suggested price tag of $266, a safe bet would see the Q9100 be cheaper, probably $224 or lower but for now that's all speculation. We're waiting on Intel now.