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Intel cuts desktop processor prices

Intel cuts desktop processor prices

The price for Intel's Core 2 Quad Q6600 has been reduced below $200 USD for the first time.

In a move that'll surely make AMD weep, Intel has cut the prices on four of its desktop processors.

Probably the biggest news is the ever-popular Core 2 Quad Q6600's first appearance below $200. Intel reduced the price of its 2.4GHz quad-core part by 16 percent in April, bringing it down to $224 in 1,000 unit quantities – now it's available for just $193.

Other price cuts include the 3.16GHz Core 2 Duo E8500, which has had a 31 percent reduction in price from $266 to $183, while the 3.0GHz Core 2 Duo E8400 has been discounted by 11 percent to $163.

Finally, the Core 2 Duo E7200 has had its price cut from $133 to $113, which represents a 15 percent price drop. This chip is a relatively new addition to Intel's lineup and comes clocked at 2.53GHz on a 1,066MHz front side bus and packs 3MB of shared L2 cache.

We can expect these price drops to roll out at online retailers over the next couple of days if they haven't already come into effect.

Do any of the price drops give you that itching feeling? Tell us in the forums.

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Gunsmith 22nd July 2008, 15:20 Quote
more slashes then a londoner

im impressed.
spazmochad 22nd July 2008, 15:23 Quote
Other killer slashes making news.
bowman 22nd July 2008, 15:24 Quote
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Do any of the price drops give you that itching feeling?

Only the itching Nehalem feeling. :)))
wuyanxu 22nd July 2008, 15:26 Quote
wow, looks like Intel is determined to send this message:
-dual cores are useless, look, they drop like crazy
-quad cores are affordable, buy my affordable quad core.
kenco_uk 22nd July 2008, 15:27 Quote
I'm waiting for a drop in price on the Q9xxx series although I can't see it happening until there's a change in cpu socket :(
Elz 22nd July 2008, 15:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by bowman
Only the itching Nehalem feeling. :)))

Quite! Dammit there I was thinking of an upgrade, then I thought I'll wait til Nehalem, and now they tempt me again with price slashery. Quit toying with me, Intel!
devdevil85 22nd July 2008, 15:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by spazmochad
Other killer slashes making news.
OMG LOL what an idiot!
Redbeaver 22nd July 2008, 17:05 Quote
i got a Q6600 on a P35... ive been holding out a LONG TIME for an upgrade... P45...780s...Q9x CPUs...

...its worth the wait so far, but with Nehalem around the corner.......... hmmm.....
BlackMage23 22nd July 2008, 17:13 Quote
I may have to get a Q6600 now
Tim S 22nd July 2008, 17:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by spazmochad
Other killer slashes making news.

Ouch.
DarkLord7854 22nd July 2008, 17:42 Quote
Time to build a quadcore media center... yey
ComputerKing 22nd July 2008, 18:24 Quote
OH yeah, Can't wait to see the Quads for 100$ :D I mean Q9450 :P
Ninja_182 22nd July 2008, 19:45 Quote
Haha just as AMD were showing signs of recovery.
knuck 22nd July 2008, 20:21 Quote
they were ? I didn't notice

During my salesman day at best buy i think i've never sold a single freaking Phenom based PC. Nobody wants them because they were told by some idiots that AMD's are bad CPU. I then have to tell them that whatever they heard is bullshit and that the only thing in which they would notice a difference is if they play games. Of course it's more complicated than that and Phenoms are obviously slower than C2D's in virtually everything, but it's not as if their noob minds would ever realize it while playing freaking solitaire on a sunday afternoon

stupid noobs
MrMonroe 22nd July 2008, 21:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by spazmochad
Other killer slashes making news.

I find this actually kinda confusing. It must have killed him almost instantly, or the muscle contractions from the shock would have stopped him peeing and therefore broken the contact.
DarkLord7854 22nd July 2008, 21:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ghys
they were ? I didn't notice

During my salesman day at best buy i think i've never sold a single freaking Phenom based PC. Nobody wants them because they were told by some idiots that AMD's are bad CPU. I then have to tell them that whatever they heard is bullshit and that the only thing in which they would notice a difference is if they play games. Of course it's more complicated than that and Phenoms are obviously slower than C2D's in virtually everything, but it's not as if their noob minds would ever realize it while playing freaking solitaire on a sunday afternoon

stupid noobs

Did you not know? AMD is a third-world based company who make inferior, "knock-off" copies of American processor chips. They use child labor extensively in their third world sweatshops, and they deliberately disable the security features that American processor makers, such as Intel, use to safeguard you from spyware and hackers. Pft. :)
Timmy_the_tortoise 22nd July 2008, 21:52 Quote
Just in time for my quad core build next week.. AWESOME.
The_Beast 22nd July 2008, 22:05 Quote
sweet prices


I may have to pick myself up a quad-core
jezmck 22nd July 2008, 22:57 Quote
Any chance of these price drops reaching our shores?
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Originally Posted by MrMonroe
I find this actually kinda confusing. It must have killed him almost instantly, or the muscle contractions from the shock would have stopped him peeing and therefore broken the contact.

Electricity does move rather fast.
Tim S 22nd July 2008, 23:31 Quote
jezmck: they should do over the next few days... Intel's prices are all in dollars though, so it makes it hard to guestimate what they'll cost in GBP, especially when they're wholesale prices.

I'm hearing that the Q6600 has dropped to $199 on Newegg though, so I'd expect to see them drop below £110 inc VAT here.
GavX 22nd July 2008, 23:52 Quote
glad to see the Q9450 hasn't dropped, I dont want to feel like I wasted so much money just yet... :D Odd they didn't reduce the E8200, or has that been discontinued already?
Regarding peeing on the tracks: we do that in this country? Didn't know that, though they were petrol/deisol/kerosine here, but yes electricity is a bit nippy and I can imagine that so much current passing through ones giblets is not going to end well, poor sod
salesman 23rd July 2008, 02:38 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghys
they were ? I didn't notice

During my salesman day at best buy i think i've never sold a single freaking Phenom based PC. Nobody wants them because they were told by some idiots that AMD's are bad CPU. I then have to tell them that whatever they heard is bullshit and that the only thing in which they would notice a difference is if they play games. Of course it's more complicated than that and Phenoms are obviously slower than C2D's in virtually everything, but it's not as if their noob minds would ever realize it while playing freaking solitaire on a sunday afternoon

stupid noobs

Did you not know? AMD is a third-world based company who make inferior, "knock-off" copies of American processor chips. They use child labor extensively in their third world sweatshops, and they deliberately disable the security features that American processor makers, such as Intel, use to safeguard you from spyware and hackers. Pft. :)


Sweatshops, classic.

And the peeing just goes to show you that weird things occur and if it weren't for the tech websites i read i would never know about it.
p3ri0d 23rd July 2008, 02:54 Quote
Well, the e8400 dropped from 190$ to 180$ on newegg, should go down more but it's a start :)
knuck 23rd July 2008, 03:02 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
Did you not know? AMD is a third-world based company who make inferior, "knock-off" copies of American processor chips. They use child labor extensively in their third world sweatshops, and they deliberately disable the security features that American processor makers, such as Intel, use to safeguard you from spyware and hackers. Pft. :)

Believe it or not, I heard another salesman say that to a client... That's why I hated this job, it was all about who could spit the biggest BS to the nubest clients
Amon 23rd July 2008, 04:18 Quote
Someone needs to do something about how unfair this is to AMD. 5-10% would be sensible. But this is far too steep and, quite frankly, possibly anticompetitive. I really wouldn't like to shop such an Intel-saturated industry in the future, with only IBM's PowerPC chips being the last stand.
Goty 23rd July 2008, 06:14 Quote
It's only anti-competitive if Intel is selling chips at a loss solely to try and drive AMD out of the market.
Xir 23rd July 2008, 12:34 Quote
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