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Intel cuts processor prices

Intel cuts processor prices

Intel's Core 2 Quad Q6700 has had a 50 percent price drop in the latest round of price cuts.

Intel has announced that it has cut the price on three of its processors in its latest round of price cuts, while it has also introduced a few new models as well.

The biggest change is the Core 2 Quad Q6700, which first launched as a Core 2 Extreme in November 2006 then carrying a price tag of $999 USD per chip in 1,000 unit trays.

With the latest price change, it's now sitting at just $266 USD per chip in the same quantities – this is down from its previous $530 USD price point and represents a 50 percent price cut and effectively kicks AMD's Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition into touch.

As a result of this change, the Core 2 Quad Q6600 has also received a price cut as well, meaning that Intel is further encroaching into any market that AMD had a chance in – it's now sitting down at $224 USD per chip in 1,000 unit quantities, which represents a 16 percent reduction.

The third processor to receive the price cut treatment is the Core 2 Duo E6850, which has dropped from $266 USD to $183 USD – a drop of 31 percent. Since this was once priced at the same level as the Q6600, does it mean that Intel believes the Q6600 is a better processor moving forwards? Quite possibly – it certainly seems to be the choice among enthusiasts at the moment... and it's for good reason too.

New processors that have appeared on Intel's price list include the Core 2 Quad Q9400—a 2.66GHz quad-core CPU with 6MB of shared L2 cache (3MB per pair of cores), just like the Q9300—that hits a price of $266 USD. It's clear that Intel is pushing the move to 45nm, but the question is whether it can keep up with the demand, as we're already seeing shortages on the market.

Finally, Intel has added the Core 2 Duo E8300 and E7200 processors to its line up – the first is a 2.83GHz dual-core CPU with 6MB of shared L2 cache, while the second is a 2.53GHz dual-core CPU with 3MB of shared L2. These chips hit price points of $163 and $133 respectively and we'll be trying to get hold of them for testing as soon as possible.

Following the introduction of the AMD Phenom X3 8750, the market is starting to look a little interesting as users now have to choose between core count and raw MHz more than ever before. Raw MHz is currently the favourite, as the Phenom X3 8750's pricing appears to be a little out of whack on launch day. I'm sure it'll settle down over time though.

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cjoyce1980 23rd April 2008, 14:19 Quote
AMD need to do something, lets hope the 12 core processors actual work and are worth shouting about
liratheal 23rd April 2008, 14:54 Quote
Price cuts are fantastic, but when are we, the consumers, going to see benefit from this?

Specifically in the UK.
CobraMods 23rd April 2008, 14:56 Quote
according the article its looking like mid july we should see the drop
MontanaFX 23rd April 2008, 14:56 Quote
More bad news for AMD. But isnt the Intel price cut an annual occurrence?
salesman 23rd April 2008, 15:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by MontanaFX
More bad news for AMD. But isnt the Intel price cut an annual occurrence?

Yea since when is this news about intel price cuts surprising?
phuzz 23rd April 2008, 15:05 Quote
As someone who just bought an E8400 can I say: "ouch"
(Of course it's inevitable, but it always stings)
wuyanxu 23rd April 2008, 15:09 Quote
when will the q9650 be cheap enough for me to afford one :(
chrisb2e9 23rd April 2008, 15:19 Quote
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does it mean that Intel believes the Q6600 is a better processor moving forwards? Quite possibly – it certainly seems to be the choice among enthusiasts at the moment... and it's for good reason too.
I'm betting that it just sells better. so there is no reason to drop the price for it any farther.
notatoad 23rd April 2008, 21:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by liratheal
Price cuts are fantastic, but when are we, the consumers, going to see benefit from this?

at least three canadian stores dropped the Q6700 down to $250 yesterday. so i'd say soon.
Redbeaver 23rd April 2008, 23:07 Quote
q9400 @$266..... w00t!!

hardly any upgrade from my q6600, but for new builders... omg... its fantastic!
Multiplectic 24th April 2008, 03:17 Quote
For me it'll be Q6600/6700 or Q9450. It'll depend on pricing at the moment.
Xir 24th April 2008, 10:44 Quote
Hmmm the e8400 and e6850 are at very similar prices now here in Germany...

so, is the e8400 the new e6850? ;-)

More interesting: in games, the E's are quicker than the Q's, why would a gamer buy a Q?

Regards,

Xir
wuyanxu 24th April 2008, 10:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
Hmmm the e8400 and e6850 are at very similar prices now here in Germany...

so, is the e8400 the new e6850? ;-)

More interesting: in games, the E's are quicker than the Q's, why would a gamer buy a Q?

Regards,

Xir
the sheer clock speed of e is faster.

but the actual computing power, and future multi-threaded computing leads to most people getting q, since it's a LOT faster if a program multi-threaded
notatoad 24th April 2008, 11:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
in games, the E's are quicker than the Q's, why would a gamer buy a Q?
future-proofing for quad-core optimized games that will be coming out, e-peen, etc. if you search there have been a few threads where people have argued this one back and forth with no real definitive answer.
naokaji 24th April 2008, 14:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by supertoad
future-proofing for quad-core optimized games that will be coming out, e-peen, etc. if you search there have been a few threads where people have argued this one back and forth with no real definitive answer.

but, by the time the majority of software will take advantage of quads the current ones will be ancient paperweights and we will argue if we should buy 8 or 12 core cpu's, but,
end of month is comming closer and with it payday, the Q6700 sure looks tempting especially considering the stock situation of the 9450 and 9550 and their rip off prices (statement about them only applies to uk).
Xir 8th May 2008, 13:55 Quote
...right.
We've had the same diskussion when stepping from single to dual-core. And most games just don't support multi cores properly ;-)
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