Excerpt: Since the launch of their latest processor architecture in the form of the Core i7 processor line, Intel has been busy slowly reorganizing their desktop CPU offerings. While the Core i7 line-up currently takes a performance leadership position, it only covers the high end of the market at this time, and a new Core i7 capable platform can be a bit on the pricey side. This means the aging but trusty Core 2 line-up still has a place in Intel's front-line battle plans.
Pros: Core 2 Quad with Core 2 Duo thermal characteristics, Good performance, Lower power consumption
Cons: Much more expensive than legacy 95W Core 2 Quads, Somewhat limited Availability