The new E4300 is essentially an E6300 without Intel’s Virtualization Technology, and a slightly slower clock speed … 1.8 GHz versus 1.86.  However, with a reasonably efficient air cooler it can reach 3.47GHz, which is pretty reasonable for a $130 dollar processor.  The bad news right now is that the only places you will find it for sale have it priced about $10 less than the E6300, so it isn’t worth buying … yet.  Head to Tech Spot to get a better idea how to push this chip to it’s limit.

“The E4300 and E4400 models are set to become the new lightweight kings. With a suggested retail value of $130 and $150 in the second quarter of this year, they are also going to be very affordable. Furthermore, due to the more limited 800MHz FSB, these processors should be able to work with a much broader range of chipsets and perhaps more importantly, overclock like mad. While the price of the E4300 is expected to fall to $130 during the 2Q, it is currently selling for around $170, pricing it very close to that of the E6300. The price drop is one of those things that is said to be happening eventually, but whether it will or not is anyone’s guess.”

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