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Intel puts more pressure on AMD with price cuts and new parts

Two things that drive the CPU world are price and performance. Depending on the needs of the consumer one or the other of these two factors is the main driver behind what processor is purchased. For many AMD CPUs the only place they compete currently in on price and Intel is starting to whittle away at the price difference.

Recent roadmaps reveal the company has another cut coming in Q3 2008. Simultaneously, Intel will release new quad-core and dual-core processors. This includes the 3.0 GHz Core 2 Quad Q9650 with a price of $530 in 1000 unit trays. The current Core 2 Quad Q9550 will get a significant price cut from its current $530 to $316.

A few of the older Intel CPUs will be phased out including the Core 2 Quad 9450. The 9450 will be replaced with the Core 2 Quad running at 2.66GHz at $266. Other quad-core processors being phased out include the Q9300 and Q6700 leaving the Q6600 as the only 65nm Intel CPU on the market selling for $203.

Intel will also make some changes in its dual-core lineup. The company will announce its Core 2 Duo E8600 3.33 GHz processor for $266, and discontinue the Core 2 Duo E8300. The E8500 and E8400 dual-core parts will drop to $183 and $163 respectively. A new entry-level Core 2 Duo part will debut called the E7300 running 2.66GHz for $133. The existing E7200 will get a price reduction to $113.



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RE: Why did the Q9300 exist?
By BSMonitor on 5/22/2008 5:10:14 PM , Rating: 2
The 9300 is the double cheeseburger Wolfies with only 3 MB cache enabled versus the full 6 MB.

But you are right, seems odd they chose a .5 multiplier for it. Must have wanted it to clock higher than the Q6600 but still below the 9450(12MB L2 2.66 GHz)...


RE: Why did the Q9300 exist?
By ImSpartacus on 5/22/2008 6:39:40 PM , Rating: 2
If the Q9300 is supposed to be two E7200's with a 7.5 multiplier why doesn't intel make a freakin Q7100 with an 9x multiplier and 6 MB L2? That would be 2.4 GHz (9x266) and in my opinion an excellent value quad. Too bad that is a 45nm Q6600 with 2 MB less L2...

Then the great Q6600 can finally be retired. But I think Intel is postponing the Q6600's retirement because it is absolutely famous and probably pulls in a ton of money from OEM's and builders.


RE: Why did the Q9300 exist?
By kkwst2 on 5/22/2008 8:29:01 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't it likely all about inventory? If they've got a bunch of 65 nm stock, just bin them all value 6600's to get rid of them. If they're getting good yields on the 45nm, why make value parts out of them when they can bin them as the highest performance chips and make a ton more money.

Makes perfect sense to me, and makes for less confusing parts overlap.


RE: Why did the Q9300 exist?
By ImSpartacus on 5/23/2008 6:25:39 AM , Rating: 2
After I posted I thought about that. It makes sense. Intel needs to get rid of 65nm parts and what better way than to use two die in your most popular and cheap quad core.

And I guess that helps the 45nm shortage (which isn't that bad, but it's there).


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