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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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Q6600 is awesome.
By gochichi on 5/23/2008 4:34:40 PM , Rating: 2
I get that there are better chips out now, but the Q6600 is an instant classic, it's a performance leap that is actually memorable. This hasn't happened in years.

We all recognize the Q6600 and the performance it actually represents so I'm not nearly as surprised that it didn't get phased out. I guess the surprising thing is that I would have expected a 45nm part to be cheaper to manufacture and that they'd just make that instead. At $200.00, I'm thinking this is the last price cut we get to see on this beautiful processor.

Seriously, the Q6600 (Even the name is simple) harckens back to 486 DX2 kind of a thing, it's today's 486 DX2 66Mhz and its performance is going to be relavant for an unusually long time (most processors sold today still perform worse than it does).

Unfortunately, I can't overclock mine (at least not easily at all) because I bought it within a Dell Inspiron 530... but since the whole machine was $400.00 with tax and shipping, I really can't complain.

RE: Q6600 is awesome.
By Accord99 on 5/23/2008 8:39:19 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately, I can't overclock mine (at least not easily at all) because I bought it within a Dell Inspiron 530... but since the whole machine was $400.00 with tax and shipping, I really can't complain.

You sorta can overclock, with a little bit of electrical tape.

RE: Q6600 is awesome.
By Quiescent on 5/24/2008 9:54:48 AM , Rating: 2
It reminds me that someone said they were going to buy a dell that cost them $5000 with intel. They worked as Tier 3 and said their computer was going to be great. Catch is, it's obviously overpriced POS that wouldn't even stand a chance next to my $1000 computer I'm going to build. ( )

Thing is, is that no matter if you get aa q6600 with all the goodies of a custom built machine, if it's prebuilt, somehow the performance turns into utter crap just because it's prebuilt. Then you top it off with companies like HP tacking on more software/crap than you need and you got a POS.

It's unfortunate that it has to be this way, as people will judge such a processor by performance in a pre-built machine, even though it's pre-built.

RE: Q6600 is awesome.
By ImSpartacus on 5/24/2008 6:10:18 PM , Rating: 2
I have an XPS 630 that I got for a touch over $1200 w/tax. I got over $800 off with a mesh of 20% coupons plus those packages where they increase the price and give you more money off and a nice 6% AAA bonus coupon.

Add in the 3 year warranty and you cannot build a PC cheaper (especially with the over-expensive 4x1 Dominator DDR2's that I got thrown in for free).

But I agree a 5K PC is totally unnecessary. But it would likely perform nicely against your build considering your's has no video card... I do like the bargain SSD .)

You also might want to replace that 3 platter barracuda for a cheaper and faster 640GB Caviar ( If you need the storage just RAID 0 two of them or get a 1TB F1 (

Just a couple suggestions from your friendly neighborhood Spartacus .)

RE: Q6600 is awesome.
By Quiescent on 5/24/2008 9:30:22 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, someone earlier suggested a qx9560 I believe , which costs about $1000-$1500... And it didn't look to REALLY have anything better than the Q6600, especially considering price in the equation.

Yeah, well see here's the catch: I just need a video card, and my current 7800GT suits just fine. I only play games, on occasion, when I have way too much times on my hand. I have a sound card already, but do plan to replace it. I just need the desktop for a little bit of Photoshop, if I ever use it, and music production using Fruity Loops Studio. Which this setup will do so very nicely. Now for a better sound card with better ASIO drivers. I have an EeePC for the rest of what I do with a computer. The SSD is because of the fact that, perhaps I have explained this before, but because it's great. I don't have to defrag, the read/write speed never decreases over time. I can use up all the space that I want and have no problems with degrading performance over time. (Had the Eee for 4 months, still performs like a stud)

I actually put the 750GB WD on there, because apparently the 500GB WD with the same specs and everything was priced EXACTLY the same. Pretty interesting huh? I just wanted a 500GB harddrive, and the 750GB is priced the same. Maybe Newegg screwed up?

You must remember that while you have a 3 year warranty, lots of the parts I went with will have great warranties, and the RAM has a lifetime warranty.

I also added a card reader, because I am tired of using my Creative Zen Vision:M to go back and forth between my Eee and my desktop with files, because I don't have a card reader for my desktop!

Also, if I wanted to go excessive with my desktop, I think my new computer, WHEN I CAN AFFORD IT HA HA, would be more than that.

RE: Q6600 is awesome.
By ImSpartacus on 5/25/2008 12:29:34 PM , Rating: 2
Well if you only wanted a 500GB drive, get the 640GB drive. It is famous for being really fast and it's only 99$. 20$ cheaper than the slower 750GB barracuda.

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