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New lower power models are pricey

Intel has announced price cuts for some of its Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium Dual Core, Celeron, and Xeon products. It has also announced several new Core 2 Quad CPUs with a 65W TDP.

We have listed only the models that are new or have dropped in price. New products are noted. All pricing is based on OEM purchasing of 1000 units in a non-retail tray format.
  

 Intel Core 2 Quad

Model

Clock Speed

L2 Cache

FSB

TDP

Price   

     Change

Q9650

3.00 GHz

12MB

1333 MHz

95W

$316

-40%

Q9550s

2.83 GHz

12MB

1333 MHz

65W

$369

NEW

Q9550

2.83 GHz

12MB

1333 MHz

95W

$266

-16%

Q9400s

2.66 GHz

6MB

1333 MHz

65W

$320

NEW

Q9400

2.66 GHz

6MB

1333 MHz

95W

$213

-20%

Q8300

2.50 GHz

4MB

1333 MHz

95W

$183

-18%

Q8200s

2.33 GHz

4MB

1333 MHz

65W

$245

NEW

Q8200

2.33 GHz

4MB

1333 MHz

95W

$163

-16%

Intel has launched three new Core 2 Quad processors with a TDP of  65W. All other Core 2 Quads have a 95W TDP. The price premium for the Q8200s, Q9400s, and Q9550s is an incredible $82, $107, and $103 respectively over the 95W models.

 

 Intel Core 2 Duo

Model

Clock Speed

L2 Cache

FSB

Price

Change

E7500

2.93 GHz

3MB

1066 MHz

$133

NEW

E7400

2.80 GHz

3MB

1066 MHz

$113

-15%

  One new model Core 2 Duo is introduced, while the E7400 drops slightly lower.

 

 Intel Pentium Dual Core

Model

Clock Speed

L2 Cache

FSB

Price

Change

E5400

2.80 GHz

2MB

800 MHz

$84

NEW

E5300

2.60 GHz

2MB

800 MHz

$74

-14%

E5200

2.50 GHz

2MB

800 MHz

$64

-24%

E2200

2.40 GHz

1MB

800 MHz

$64

-14%

Intel introduced a new Pentium Dual Core, the new E5400 at $84. The rest of this budget series drops even lower.

  

 Intel Xeon Server (LGA775)

Model

Clock Speed

L2 Cache

FSB

Price

Change

X3370

3.00 GHz

12MB

1333 MHz

$316

-40%

X3360

2.83 GHz

12MB

1333 MHz

$266

-16%

X3350

2.66 GHz

12MB

1333 MHz

$266

-16%

X3330

2.66 GHz

6MB

1333 MHz

$224

-16%

  No new Xeon products, just price drops.



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RE: Aimed at AMD PH2
By maroon1 on 1/19/2009 9:38:14 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Not really since perf wise Ph2 sits right between 9550 and 9650. The 65W chips are $100 more.


What ?!

My friend, the fastest Phenom II performs worse than Q9550

Check the reviews

http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?...

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/phenom-ii-940,review...

http://xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/amd-pheno...

http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/amd_phenom_2_9...


RE: Aimed at AMD PH2
By FITCamaro on 1/19/2009 11:23:58 AM , Rating: 1
Yes but its how much worse. In a down economy. Price is king. And AMDs prices were much lower.


RE: Aimed at AMD PH2
By Reclaimer77 on 1/19/2009 6:02:36 PM , Rating: 3
In a "down economy" we wouldn't be arguing about CPU's that were mostly going to hobbyist to overclock and play Crisis :)

I believe with CPU's price vs performance is king, not just price.

Lower prices are nice, but it's not a solid long term strategy. AMD needs to show that they can stand toe to toe with the best Intel can throw at them. And they haven't been able to do that for years.


RE: Aimed at AMD PH2
By mindless1 on 1/20/2009 1:52:19 AM , Rating: 2
In a down economy, even hobbyists will be buying lower down the food chain and less often. Regular joe users will keep what they have for longer and more quickly consider repairing something that breaks.

In either case, besides the gamers we are also coming close and closer to a point where people simply don't need addt'l performance, instead they want cheaper and cheaper. This trend has gone on for over a decade now and shows no signs of stopping, note the sub $500 notebooks and netbook sales in numbers much higher than those who factor price vs performance as most important, or to put it another way, paying $200 more doesn't make their email and browsing performance any better than it already was.


RE: Aimed at AMD PH2
By Quiescent on 1/20/2009 10:53:43 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed on a long term strategy. If I were a person who wanted to build a computer that will last me, I want to go with the latest and greatest at this time. And that means I would be paying that pretty penny on that i7, because it's performance is amazing. Versus buying a processor that won't last me awhile and I'll have to think about upgrading soon in the future.

This was something I seem to have not gotten into my aunt's head. She ended up spending $400 on a computer that only lasted her a year, where she could have paid $100 more for a computer that would last her 3 years, even more, because it could have been upgraded.

But of course people will buy what appears to be the cheapest. And their cheapest parts will not last as long. And they will not be able to do anything about it for a very long time because they did not spend their money smart. Whereas what I am doing, I will have a computer, whilst pushing it, will last me 10 years before I finally need an upgrade!


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