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The Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 is a 45nm, ‘Yorkfield’ quad-core 2.5GHz microprocessor designed for LGA775 sockets.

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Pros

great for multi-threaded tasks such as video encoding, graphical design, CAD etc.

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comes with thermal paste already applied

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good price/performance value for the aging LGA775 socket

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includes a relatively quiet stock cooler

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Cons

low multiplier - not the best for overclocking

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not much of an advantage over traditional dual cores when it comes to gaming

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aging CPU architecture and socket design

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included cooler uses Intel's push-pins - difficult to install

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The Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 is a 45nm, ‘Yorkfield’ quad-core 2.5GHz microprocessor designed for LGA775 sockets. One of the lower processors in the Intel Core 2 Quad series, the Q300 differs only in its core speed and reduced 4MB L2 cache. Otherwise, it maintains its upgraded peers’ 1333MHz FSB, as well as Intel 64 architecture, Intel Trusted Executed Technology, Execute Disable Bit, and Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology. The Q300 has a smaller die—all cores on one die—and should therefore function as a great overclocker. However, its low multiplier of 7.5 drastically limits the overclocking power of the chip due to its standard FSB.

Features
  • ‘Yorkfield’ Quad-Core
  • Intel 64
  • Intel Trusted Executed Technology
  • Execute Disable Bit
  • Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
  • Intel Wide Dynamic Execution
  • Intel Intelligent Power Capability
  • Intel Smart Memory Access
  • Intel Advanced Smart Cache
  • Intel Advanced Digital Media Boost
Specifications
  • Mfr Part Number: AT80580PJ0604MN
  • Process Type: Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q8300
  • Frequency: 2.5 GHz
  • FSB: 1333 MHz
  • Cache: 4 MB
  • Process: 45 nm
  • Socket: Socket 775
  • Power Consumption: 95 W
  • Package: OEM
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