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Intel Core 2 price cuts when AMD Barcelona hits

Intel Core 2 price cuts when AMD Barcelona hits

75% off Intel's fastest Core 2 Duo? OMFGWTFBBQCPUs.

Intel is slated for some rather massive price cuts in Q3, Chinese site HKPEC has reported. New 1333FSB CPUs are due for release at the same time, overwriting the existence of the standard 1066FSB CPUs it appears. Intel is also releasing another Quad core processor as well.

Whilst a Core 2 Extreme X6800 CPU running at 1066FSB/2.93GHz will set you back $1000 (£700-£800) now, a 3GHz, 1333FSB E6850 will only cost you $266. That's a 75% reduction in price for a faster CPU!

Other 1333FSB Intel Core 2 "50" CPUs are also due for release and are subject to a graduated price reduction also. However, the E6550, a 2.33GHz part is still tipped to run at the standard 1066FSB, despite it's "50" nomenclature.

Also, whilst it may seem the recently released E4300 looks like the first and last true Allendale Core 2 CPU we'll ever see according to the HKPEC roadmap, The Register reports that new E4400 and E4500 will debut at 2GHz and 2.2GHz respectively, also in Q3.

The reasoning for all this? Intel is ramping up their quad core evolution as the new high end, which means Core 2 Duo's are now "mainstream".

Since Q3 is also when AMD's new Barcelona core is due for release, it comes as little surprise that Intel is aggressively positioning their product line to make them continually attractive. What seems interesting though is perhaps Intel knows something we don't; since a price war isn't good for any company, could Intel be gearing up for a hard hitting Barcelona that gives their Core 2 architecture a run for its money.

Barcelona is a native quad core, so Intel doesn't want to be left behind on the quad core = ultra high end performance front. Even though some DX10 games like Crysis and UT3 are due out later this year, quad core "specific", Alan Wake, doesn't hit until 2008. We very rarely hear people complaining that dual core CPUs are not enough, and it's questionable if we see a benefit of four in the short-medium term future.

Regardless, a $1,000 CPU for a fraction of the price looks like it could become one hell of a bargain for everyone.

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DougEdey 12th March 2007, 14:56 Quote
Are those prices list prices (i.e. PP 1000) or individual RRP?
Krikkit 12th March 2007, 15:09 Quote
That's some serious chip for a seriously low price. Looks like Intel are battening down the hatches for C2D getting stomped by Barcelona. Do they know something we don't?
Bindibadgi 12th March 2007, 15:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by DougEdey
Are those prices list prices (i.e. PP 1000) or individual RRP?

More than likely per batch, but come Q3 prices could change dramatically depending on how the market shifts. Naturally take speculation with a pinch of salt as to what the exact price will become. ;)
DarkLord7854 12th March 2007, 15:28 Quote
Sounds like AMD better have some good performance under their hood. Check out the other articles on the lniked site, they show possible new CPUs at less then 100$ (50 to 70$) ! Sound perfect for low profile cases
cereal_killer 12th March 2007, 16:25 Quote
hope q6600 drops to $266 in august cause i'm looking to have new pc around then els its an e6600 for me
naokaji 12th March 2007, 17:00 Quote
nice, even cheaper cpu's.... looks like amd got something nice coming if intel pushes prices so hard.
Tyinsar 12th March 2007, 17:54 Quote
D'oh, I want to upgrade Now (not that there hasn't ever been a good time to wait, but that price drop means waiting half a year could pay back Big time.) Let's hope Barcelona ROCKS.

What I don't get is why Intel is announcing this now (I don't buy the reason given - for that they would have waited & dropped the prices later without the announcement now) - are they trying to slow demand by giving people an incentive for waiting? - or are they (as Krikkit said) preparing for Barcelona now so that later price reductions don't look reactionary?
DougEdey 12th March 2007, 17:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tyinsar

What I don't get is why Intel is announcing this now (I don't buy the reason given - for that they would have waited & dropped the prices later without the announcement now) - are they trying to slow demand by giving people an incentive for waiting? - or are they (as Krikkit said) preparing for Barcelona now so that later price reductions don't look reactionary?


I'm putting money on AMD releasing big news this week.
randosome 12th March 2007, 18:26 Quote
/drool

mm i wish i had dual core :( sucks being a student
Spaceraver 12th March 2007, 18:48 Quote
heh, i guess there is major amd news in the pipes and intel dont want to lose those gamers.
mctigger 12th March 2007, 19:26 Quote
maybe intel do know something we don't, but then again they could just be preparing themselves in case Barcelona is awesome (never been a fan of AMD myself tbh) and will still have leg to stand on in the market..

But we will see. other than that i think new news on Barcelona will be out sooner rather than later
traderonline 12th March 2007, 21:15 Quote
i'm waiting for a price drop. i still think it's too early to upgrade my athlon64 3500+
DXR_13KE 12th March 2007, 22:42 Quote
i will wait until "barcelona" comes out.... someone benchmarks it (/me winks at bit-tech).... and then make my choice based on price/performance/power consumption.
Aankhen 12th March 2007, 23:45 Quote
That's awesome. Just how good is Barcelona, I wonder, if it has prompted so much preemptive damage control?
Cthippo 13th March 2007, 00:13 Quote
I have to wonder if Intel isn';t thinking that just maybe they can kill AMD all together. The R&D on all these new chips has to be costing the dearly and unless I'm missing somthing, I'll bet they're not making much profit on them. Could it be that they're taking a loss in hopes of killing their only real competition?
Fiber4now 13th March 2007, 00:37 Quote
What it seems to me is that Intel is playing the game now of not allowing AMD any breathing room, They know that Barcelona may be launched in early Q3 but it will not be able to ramp until Q1 2008 and that is only for sever market. With all of these nice bright and shiny QC2Ds and C2Ds, Intel will have every possible price point covered making it hard for an AMD enthusiast to stay with AMD. The Penryn and next years Core 3 will take on the Barcelona so as they say in Australia "No worries mate"

As far as Barcelona is concerned how much performance will come under the hood of a 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3 GHz quad anyway when compared to what we have seen from Intel's QE6700 running in a factory overclocked Dell XPS 710 H2C which is the leader of the OEM circuit right now? Barcelona for desktop has not even been announced as of yet with AMD claiming their new core strictly for server use.

So looking at it in a business sense Intel wants to bury AMD in competitive cores now and not later as some have suggested here.
Bladestorm 13th March 2007, 02:54 Quote
I would suggest intel were only charging £800 for it because there was no competition for a quad-core processor, much as AMD did with the X2 line when P4 was all it had to compete with in the desktop market, so its not too surprising they will drop the price to a competitive level when it will actually have competiton.

Anandtech(?)'s write-up on barcelone makes it sound like it really could give C2D a run for its money and penryn isn't expected to be out in quantity till 6 months later.

the latter part of this year is definetely going to be interesting to watch :)
RevolMidnight 13th March 2007, 04:57 Quote
:( I just upgraded after 7 years of running the same PC. Had I waited just a little longer...
3.5SE 13th March 2007, 04:59 Quote
I had planned on building a new rig once the Q2 price drop took effect but now it looks like I'll be holding out for a Q6600 quad core for $266. That would be sweet. By then the 8800's will probably drop as well as AMD/ATI should have their DX10 cards out as well.
randosome 13th March 2007, 07:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by RevolMidnight
:( I just upgraded after 7 years of running the same PC. Had I waited just a little longer...
that's always the way, but with PC's there is always something bigger and better round the corner
DarkLord7854 13th March 2007, 07:47 Quote
Like that Quantum cpu which needs to be cooled at near absolute zero :)
yakyb 13th March 2007, 10:23 Quote
i was originally going to build in february 6600 8800 gts rig
but i decided against it as Vista's Launch wasnt that spectacular (driver problems etc)
im thinking august is the time to build now and with the extra few months savings
ill probably go barcelona(Quad) + r600 or Intel(Quad) + r600

at the end of the day i will buy the best performer at my price range but all things being equal i would probably sway towards AMD I think the art of Self build computers is just that waiting for a good time to buy the exact parts you want at a good price and right now things are a little overpriced (esp considering there are no DX10 games out) if this news is tru and in Q3 you can pick up a QC for £300 thats what ill be doing

hmm would it be worth buying ram in june/july as they went up in price last year when C2Ds where released i think it might

the good thing however is that it gives me plenty of time to get my mod finished.
Crazyglue 13th March 2007, 14:07 Quote
WOW I CAN ACTUALLY AFFORD A x6800?!?!?!? ZOMFGPWNAGE!!!
Spaceraver 13th March 2007, 22:52 Quote
I really hope this isnt just another price war... amd dont have that kind of money to do so. But but but, this will eventually become a large scale war..
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