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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: The "market situation"
By Belard on 1/19/2009 4:57:14 PM , Rating: 4
I'd consider myself an "AMD guy" - even thou my main computer is now a C2D Quad. After many years of only building AMD systems... since they were cheaper and faster than P4/P-D chips, Core2 is easily the more powerful CPU.

But, AMD CPUs are not slow, they are simply not as fast in the top markets. A $60 AMD X2 CPU is easily the better choice of a "Pentium Duo" Chip.

Also, there are other factors that are important. I read reviews / blogs of others having issues with P45 chipsets and the P35 isn't perfect either. And when going by price, an AMD chipset gives more value for the money over an Intel chipset.

An AMD 780 board by Gigabyte may cost $80. It has eSata, Firewire, PCIe 2.0, DVI output, 3D abilitie that smokes any onboard intel video. The recently phased out P35 Gigabyte was $80~100 and didn't have those features. The current P45 model still doesn't have any of those features other than the PCIe 2.0... and its $100. And if we talk about Crossfire, thats a $85~140 usually for an AMD... on an Intel setup, usually $250. (yeah I know about the P45s with 8x 8x dual PCIe slots for about $150)

Working with and owning an intel chipset board now for many many months, its generally a good product from Gigabyte, super stable... but some areas of performance with IO has a lot to be desired. I've not seen a Core2 intel chipset board or notebook that didn't have such poor IO.

And when compared to the current i7 system, AMD is a lot cheaper but of course noticably slower.

A good quality AMD core parts (CPU / 4GB RAM / Mobo) is about $160~180. An Intel with a G43 chipset and good Core2Duo CPU is about $220~250. And while us gamers, FPS is important, to the average user - there is no noticable differences. Benchmark all day, Intel wins in most areas.
But if both types boot up at the same time, apps open within 1-2 seconds of each others, the end user won't notice or care... but a $100~200 price difference is.

Phenom II... yeah, AMD needs to do better. But they also don't have intel's deep pockets for R&D and manufacturing.


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