Intel cuts desktop processor prices

Written by Tim Smalley

July 22, 2008 // 3:16 p.m.

Tags: #cuts #desktop #drop #e7200 #e8400 #e8500 #intel #price #prices #processor #q6600 #reduction

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.

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