Last week, a couple of new LGA 775 processors were announced, showing that Intel understands that the market is not as solid as otherwise might be, and also that not everyone purchased the motherboard with the CPU they wanted to use with it forever.

With money tight, I know many who buy a less expensive CPU, knowing they will upgrade later. Many times, when upgrading, the upgrade must be done with a gently used processor; at least that is what is hoped for. Now, with these late additions to the LGA 775 scene, a brand new processor can be had for that trusted motherboard.

This morning the latest (and possibly last) Core 2 Quad has been announced. TechConnect gives the details –

LGA 775’s shine has faded following the release of the first Nehalem processors but the old platform is still going strong and will actually get a small update next month with the release of the Core 2 Quad Q9500. Set for a January 17 release, the 45nm quad-core is clocked at 2.83 GHz, same as the Q9500, has a FSB of 1333 MHz and 6MB of shared L2 cache.

The Q9500 will replace the 2.66 GHz Q9400 at the $183 price point.

So if you want an upgrade for your Socket 775 motherboard, the best thing to do is save up some shekels for that January purchase.

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