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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: Im still waitinf for a Q4500
By ImSpartacus on 5/22/2008 6:24:11 PM , Rating: 4
Why waste time with a Q4500 when you could just cheapen up the Q6600. It is already almost under 200$

RE: Im still waitinf for a Q4500
By DeMagH on 5/22/2008 9:10:13 PM , Rating: 2
FSB 800 which means it will work with ease on low end older motherboards, also will overclock like crazy with a simple raise in FSB. i.e: any cheapo ram will allow you to raise your FSB to 333x2==ddr2-667

Finally, the lower L2 cache size will reduce the heat and will probably enable the processor to clock higher. I'd say 3.6Ghz to 4.0Ghz will be the expected overclocking range for this processor.

It will all come down to the price of such product i guess.

By ImSpartacus on 5/24/2008 8:15:52 AM , Rating: 2
Intel will most likely not put another 800 FSB processor out on the market. Certainly not a quad core. It would probably be a 7000. I could see a Q7100 (9x266).

You also would not get 4 GHz out of something binned that low. How many quads can do 445 FSB as it is? Many that can do that fsb use anywhere from a 7.5-8.5x multiplier not 9x. If you use an 8x multipler, then u have to hit 500 FSB. a ~$150 quad core is not hitting 500 FSB on any manageable cooling.

Besides, Intel obviously has extra 65nm stock, and these moves are making many people understand they don't want any cheap 45nm parts out there (except maybe the E8*000's). THey're using the Q6600 as a budget quad core. It's fame as a Quad and it's cheap price make it acceptable for both builders and OEM's.

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