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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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Glad I got my Q9450
By Obsoleet on 5/23/2008 3:06:10 PM , Rating: 2
If the 9400 is 2.66ghz with 6MB L2 instead of the full 12MB L2. I paid $360 on April 2nd (it's still 360 on newegg today). Been running it at 3ghz stock vid and haven't regretted that purchase 1 second.
Saving $100 and losing 6MB of the cache on a cache-hungry platform isn't something I'd want to do.

Nice squeeze tactic by Intel though, cut out the wildly popular 9450 and force guys to purchase a $550 CPU on entry for the 12MB cache version. And yet they'll still be hard to get ahold of.
Glad I didn't wait this generation with such low RAM prices (8GB Mushkin 4-4-4-12 for $200 here)!!

Many times it pays to wait (forever) with tech, but if you're gonna pull the trigger, now is probably the time if any. Or wait for the ultra expensive Bloomfield + new chipsets + DDR3 setups coming down the pipe.. essentially anyone who's scared of a $360 Q9450 (and cheap DDR2) today is not doing themselves a favor by waiting any longer. Either upgrade or admit you're dreaming!

RE: Glad I got my Q9450
By coldpower27 on 5/24/2008 11:25:46 AM , Rating: 2
Your forgetting that the Q9550 will replace the Q9450 in it's price spot now, so you still pay ~350 or so less by that time I hope as 45nm production ramps up, for a Q9550 with the full 12MB of cache.

The Q9400 wil replace the Q9300 so both price points will be getting an extra 166 MHZ for "free".

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