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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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Where are the Q9550's?
By Thrak33 on 5/22/2008 10:01:29 PM , Rating: 2
The current Core 2 Quad Q9550 will get a significant price cut from its current $530 to $316

Uhhh, someone show me where you can buy one of these "current"-ly.

RE: Where are the Q9550's?
By DeMagH on 5/23/2008 7:34:43 AM , Rating: 2
there you go it is as cheap as 620$

thank me later :P

RE: Where are the Q9550's?
By TomZ on 5/23/2008 8:08:38 AM , Rating: 2
He could thank you in a few months, maybe...

From the linked page:
Usually ships within 1 to 2 months.

RE: Where are the Q9550's?
By Thrak33 on 5/23/2008 5:46:01 PM , Rating: 2
Right, nobody nowhere has any Q9550's in stock. So it's swell that Intel is lowering the price, but how about get some on the market?

This chip is not made of Hafnium as you may have heard, it is made of Unobtanium.

RE: Where are the Q9550's?
By PianoMan on 5/24/2008 12:56:54 PM , Rating: 2
Been looking to move my Q6600 to my main computer and upgrade the media encoder. I figured the Q9550 would have been the minimum I'd look for, but at $550.

And you're right: YOU CAN'T FIND THESE ANYWHERE!!!

Flip side is that I guess I can wait all the same in Q3 in the mid $300's, but I'm not holding my breath until I see these in stock...

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