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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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By LostInLine on 5/22/2008 5:49:46 PM , Rating: 2
This statement is interesting:
"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. "

The C2Q 9450 is a 2.66GHz CPU. What will the new C2Q 2.66GHz CPU be?

RE: Interesting
By tungtung on 5/22/2008 7:20:11 PM , Rating: 2
Yea that is wierd ... the only "new" 2.66 quad is the Q6700 ... maybe they're trying to shove that part to consumers, since that part has been priced way up there for most of its lifespan, maybe Intel had way too many of them in stock and is trying to get rid of them now (as opposed to the almost non existent Q9450)

RE: Interesting
By kkwst2 on 5/22/2008 8:56:47 PM , Rating: 2
I think the new 2.66 part will be the 9400, but it would be with 1/2 the cache. It looks like they're really replacing the 9450 with the 9550 in terms of pricing, and then replacing the 9300 with the 9400 at that price point. But in terms of clock I guess you could look at it as "replacing" the 9450 with the 9400.

RE: Interesting
By keitaro on 5/23/2008 1:54:19 AM , Rating: 2
Noooooooooooo, I was aiming for the 9450 for the past several months now. It was the lowest clocked quad w/ full L2 cache and I wanted to grab that to upgrade from my AMD platform. :/

I truly hope that the new one will not have its L2 cache cut in half as guessed by others. I've been waiting for a long while to grab a 45nm quad and I don't wanna pay up the wazoo for it.

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