Print 62 comment(s) - last by Jedi2155.. on Jun 1 at 4:18 PM

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.

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: Why did the Q9300 exist?
By fake01 on 5/22/2008 8:49:38 PM , Rating: 2
I heard the Q9450 was being changed to Q9400 but with half the cache but will keep the 8x multiplier. Kinda like fusing both Q9300 and Q9450 together. How true this is I don't know.

I really don't mind the price drops but its unfortunate that its gonna happen after I upgrade my PC this year (which will be shortly after the new GPU's are released)

Q9550 is looking attractive now as it can hit 3.8GHz all the way up to 4GHz stable with a good motherboard. Can't say the same for the Q9650 which will be overpriced at $700+AU :(.

RE: Why did the Q9300 exist?
By ImSpartacus on 5/23/2008 3:56:22 PM , Rating: 2
I really doubt there will be a Q9400. It doesn't really make much sense. Bring back the Q94*0 after it is discontinued? Uhh, I don't think so.

Besides, the extra .5 multiplier doesn't make too much of a difference from the Q9300.

"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki