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Intel low-end desktop pricing
Pentium D, Pentium 4 and Celeron D value pricing

DailyTech has come across an Intel roadmap that reveals more Intel price cuts for October 2006. Intel’s previous launch of Core 2 Conroe processors brought drastic price cuts to a couple of Pentium D models, mainly the 945, 915, 820 and 805.

Recently released Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme products will not be receiving any price cuts in the near future. Pentium D models 925, 915 and 820 will receive price cuts in October. Pentium D 925 pricing will drop to $133 on October 1st, 2006 followed by the Pentium D 915 and 820 on October 22nd, 2006. On October 22nd, 2006 the Pentium D 915 and 820 will drop to $113 and $93. This places the Pentium D 820 and 805 at the same price point. There’s no mention of price cuts for the Pentium D 805 in the roadmap or if Intel may discontinue it, though it doesn’t make sense for Intel to have the Pentium D 820 and 805 at the same price point.

Single-core Intel Pentium 4 6xx and 5xx series will receive drastic price cuts on July 23rd, 2006. Pentium 4 models 661, 651, 641 and 631 will drop to $163. Previous pricing on the Pentium 4 661, 651, 641 and 631 were $401, $273, $218 and $178 respectively. Pentium 4 541and 531 will drop to $84 and $74 from the previous $218 and $178 prices. At the bottom of the Pentium 4 chain is the Pentium 4 524 clocked at 3.06 GHz with a 533 MHz front-side bus. The Pentium 4 524 price will drop to a mere $69 which is bordering Celeron D territory.

Intel Celeron D processors are expected to receive two price cuts. The first price cut occurs on July 23rd, 2006. On July 23rd, 2006 the entire Celeron D lineup will receive price cuts of around 8-15% with the Celeron D 356 priced at $74 while the lowest Celeron D 331 is priced at $44. October 22nd, 2006 will bring another price cut for the Celeron D lineup. This time around the flagship Celeron D 360 drops 12% to $74 while the rest of the lineup receives 7-14% price cuts. This places the bottom-of-the Celeron D chain Celeron D 331 at an affordable $39.

AMD also just announced its price cuts for October 23, although the cuts seem mostly limited to mobile processors.  Given that both companies planned pricing out for two competing lineups just days apart seems to indicate that this price war is just heating up.


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So cheap!
By MonkeyPaw on 7/18/2006 7:26:39 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder how long it will be before Intel pays us to take a netburst core? They have to be selling these at a loss by now.




RE: So cheap!
By muziqaz on 7/18/2006 7:58:31 AM , Rating: 3
poor intel, conroe won't be widely available, and nobody wants netburst :)
I guess they spoke too eary about that wonderchip [;


RE: So cheap!
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 7/18/2006 8:15:01 AM , Rating: 2
Not Widely available eh? Newegg.com had accidently posted all of the Core 2 Duo processors on its site as in-stock. They later removed the pages. Give it until next Monday's launch, and check Newegg.com again, they will all be there, in stock.


RE: So cheap!
By mendocinosummit on 7/18/2006 8:52:38 AM , Rating: 2
With intels roadmaps only predicting something like 25% in the 4th quarter I think newegg will sell out really fast. I would bet at the end of the first day there will be none left for a while.


RE: So cheap!
By mendocinosummit on 7/18/2006 8:53:49 AM , Rating: 2
25% for the C2D


RE: So cheap!
By defter on 7/18/2006 10:32:36 AM , Rating: 2
What portion of 200M chips that are sold in a year are sold through Newegg or similar retailers?

Majority of buyers will just walk to their local computer shop and pick a computer without knowing if it's based on Netburst or Conroe...


RE: So cheap!
By jkresh on 7/18/2006 12:09:08 PM , Rating: 2
It is still too early to judge availability, but the 25% number may simply be taking into account all the people who go to bestbuy or CompUSA and buy the cheapest thing they can find (or buy a more expensive older p4 based system because they don’t know any better). Also expect lots of crazy deals from dell with the p4's which will impact sales on the core 2 duos. It might be that they can’t produce enough core 2 duos this year, or just that they want to sell of netburst, rather then take a major loss for all the chips that were produced but not sold.


RE: So cheap!
By Samus on 7/18/2006 1:52:12 PM , Rating: 2
are you saying in-stock at newegg meets the demand? i doubt so.


RE: So cheap!
By redbone75 on 7/18/2006 8:20:04 AM , Rating: 2
They're probably betting, at least in part, on those people that need a computer urgently and can't wait for Core 2 proc's to become available. The Pentium D and 6xx series are still quite capable chips and certainly become attractive at lower price points, well, at least the Pentium D's. I personally would wait for at least the E6300 at $183 than drop $163 on any Pentium D or 6xx, but I'm patient like that :)


DO NOT COPY?
By severtki on 7/18/2006 10:01:48 AM , Rating: 1
What's with the watermark that says DO NOT COPY ? I'm assuming this is a scan from a print source, and someone is breaking some rule somewhere by posting this online... Yes?




RE: DO NOT COPY?
By TomZ on 7/18/2006 1:01:41 PM , Rating: 2
Watermarks on a page could have some legal meaning if they refer to and are covered by something like a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that DT had to sign in order to get the information in the first place. Otherwise, they have no legal meaning, AFAIK.

But I'd guess that DT didn't get this document in such a way, or that the original NDA has since expired. In any case, I doubt DT would take lightly the disclosure of information that would cause them to either not receive such information in the future and/or to receive "unwanted legal correspondence" from Intel attorneys.


RE: DO NOT COPY?
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 7/18/2006 2:31:36 PM , Rating: 2
As a company policy we don't sign NDAs unless for less than 24 hours.

For the most part though companies leave us alone. As Apple so recently proved, it's really hard to legally enforce embargos -- especially upon people who didn't agree to them.


RE: DO NOT COPY?
By stephenbrooks on 7/18/2006 5:21:45 PM , Rating: 2
I have a picture of a lit disposable barbeque with "PLEASE REMOVE BEFORE USE" still written on the side of its cardboard box.


930 already at $175
By ProsperoLT on 7/18/2006 1:02:46 PM , Rating: 2
RE: 930 already at $175
By BladeVenom on 7/18/2006 10:51:30 PM , Rating: 2
That's still too expensive to compete with the low E6300 since the E6300 is more powerful and energy efficient.


No price cuts on Pentium D 900's?
By bamacre on 7/18/2006 9:42:51 AM , Rating: 2
No price cuts on Pentium D 900's? I thought there was another cut planned for these chips?




Celeron Extreme Edition!
By stephenbrooks on 7/18/2006 5:19:43 PM , Rating: 2
I like to see Celerons reaching 3.46GHz, a full 500MHz faster than their actual fastest CPU. I'm sure there must be a few applications that still like the raw clock speed and don't care too much about cache and bandwidth... Wonder how big a farm of these you could buy for a few thousand $?




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