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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 crystal clear on 5/23/2008 8:39:24 AM , Rating: 2
The price cuts expected can be directly linked to this news item-

Intel says Nehalem chips on track for '08 2nd half

SAN FRANCISCO, May 21 (Reuters) - Intel Corp (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research) is on track to ship its next generation of computer processors, code-named Nehalem, in the second half of this year, Chief Executive Paul Otellini said on Wednesday.

"Nehalem ... is still scheduled to launch in the second half of the year," Otellini told the company's annual meeting of shareholders.

He also confirmed plans to quickly increase output of computer processors made with the latest technology, which can etch circuits 45 nanometers wide, 30 percent smaller than previous chips using a 65-nanometer process.

"On 45 nanometers, Intel is leading the industry by a long stretch," Otellini said. "We are on track to cross over in (the third quarter) of this year, so more than half our processors will be made on 45 nanometers."

By rpgman1 on 5/24/2008 1:20:43 PM , Rating: 2
Guess I should wait to build my PC when Nehalem is released.
Nehalem uses a different socket from the current 775 socket. It uses 715 pins instead and will require a completely new motherboard that takes advantage of Nehalem. My guess is that this new one should be released around Q4 '08 or Q1 '09. It is supposed to be more energy efficient than the Core 2s.

This makes me wish current mobos support Nehalem. People will still use the 775 socket if Nehalem is expensive when it is released. Otherwise, people will migrate to Nehalem is the price is right and performance exceeds Core 2s by a wide margin.

By NullSubroutine on 5/25/2008 2:10:47 AM , Rating: 2
Nehalem is going to be severly limited in supply and wont likely be avaiable except as an extremly expensive edition, maybe 1 model of server 8S type.

By PeteRoy on 5/26/2008 12:45:12 PM , Rating: 2
Second half could be December 2008, he didn't say which quarter.

By crystal clear on 5/27/2008 12:42:11 AM , Rating: 2
As per Intel briefings production to start on 45nm in 4Q 08 & on 32nm 2009/10 time frame.

By crystal clear on 5/27/2008 12:45:39 AM , Rating: 2
See page 10 in the above link.

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