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Intel promises significant price cuts across the board in preperation for dual-core ramp

Previously, DailyTech revealed a number of changes that will be taking place with Intel's family of desktop processors: Pentium 4 processors will drop down to roughly 30% of Intel's overall desktop processor shipments and Pentium D processors falling to 45% of desktop sales.

Core 2 Duo processors will be introduced on July 23 of this year and, according to Intel's estimates, and will be accompanied by the new 96x "Broadwater" chipset. According to Intel's updated roadmap, Core 2 processors will expand to roughly 35% of Intel's shipments in Q1'07. Conroe, as the desktop version of Core 2 Duo is dubbed, will be the first Intel processor with the new letter/number naming schedule, as noted below.

Intel's flagship, the Core 2 Extreme processor, is also expected to launch on July 23 with the X6800 name. 

Intel Desktop Processor Roadmap for Dual Core

Clock Speed
Cache Launch
Price @
2.93GHz / 1066MHz 4MB 23-Jul $999
PPXE 955
3.46GHz / 1066MHz 2z2MB Now $999
PPXE 840
3.20GHz / 1066MHz 2x1MB Now $999
2.67GHz / 1066MHz 4MB 23-Jul $530
C2D E6600
2.40GHz / 1066MHz 4MB 23-Jul $316
C2D E6400
2.13GHz / 1066MHz 2MB 23-Jul $224
C2D E6300
1.86GHz / 1066MHz 2MB 23-Jul $183
3.6GHz / 800MHz 2x2MB Now
P4D 950
3.4GHz / 800MHz 2x2MB Now $224 (23-Jul)
P4D 940
3.2GHz / 800MHz 2x2MB Now $183 (23-Jul)
3.0GHz / 800MHz 2x2MB Now
$178 (4-Jun)
P4D 925 (no VT)

3.0GHz / 800MHz 2x2MB Q4'06 $133
P4D 920
2.8MHz / 800MHz 2x2MB Now $178 (4-Jun)

Intel has dropped desktop processor prices throughout the year. Many of the Pentium D processors have seen anywhere from $30 cuts to more than 50% price cuts. All entry level Celeron 300-series desktop processors from Intel will  be priced well under $80 by the time Q4'06 comes around.

Intel Desktop Processor Roadmap for Dual Core Without VT

Clock Speed
 Price @ Launch
3.4GHz / 800MHz 2x2MB N/A $163 (23-Jul)
PDP 925
3.0GHz / 800MHz 2z2MB N/A $133 (Q4'06)
PDP 915
2.8GHz / 800MHz 2x2MB N/A $133 (23-Jul)

Intel will also be launching VT-disabled Preslers laster on this year with the 945, 925 and 915 series. VT, or Virtualization Technology allows virtual operating systems running on VMs such as VMWare or Parallels Desktop to access processor ops directly. The mainstream Pentium 4 processors with 2MB and 1MB caches will also see significant price drops. For example, a Pentium 4 661 (LGA775) processors running at 3.6GHz with 2MB of L2 cache will be priced at $183 on the 23rd of July. Right now, the same processor sells for $401.

Intel Desktop Processor Roadmap for Single Core

Clock Speed
Cache    Price
   Price on
3.6GHz / 800MHz 2MB $401 $183
P4P 651
3.4GHz / 800MHz 2MB $273 $163
P4P 641
3.2GHz / 800MHz 2MB $218 $163
P4P 631
3.0GHz / 800MHz 2MB $178 $163
P4P 541
3.2GHz / 800MHz 1MB $218 $84
P4P 531
3.0GHz / 800MHz 1MB $178 $74
P4P 524
3.06GHz / 533MHz 1MB $143 $69

All of Intel's single core processors see significant price drops across the board. According to Intel's roadmaps, dual core ramp will accelerate after July 23rd. Core 2 Duo will become Intel's flagship processor while Woodcrest takes the helm for enterprise and server level performance in 2007.

Intel's roadmap also confirms the existence of Kentsfield, the first quad core desktop component for Intel.  Kentsfield will launch as an "Extreme" processor in Q1'07, but Intel isn't saying the official name yet.  AMD is expected to introduce quad-core processors in 2007 as well. Called the K8L, AMD is expected to introduce new HyperTransport protocols as well as support for third party co-processors.

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RE: Interesting
By Mortal on 5/28/2006 12:20:09 AM , Rating: 2
You know full well that Anand had updated reviews as new ES chips became available to them.

RE: Interesting
By Viditor on 5/28/2006 12:44:38 AM , Rating: 3
You know full well that Anand had updated reviews as new ES chips became available to them

Agreed...but the point is that there has to be a point at which we are making our judgements. That point is the actual launch and not before...everything else is speculation until then.

RE: Interesting
By Mortal on 5/28/2006 1:02:23 AM , Rating: 2
I'll agree that it's best to keep your money in your pocket until you have both chips available to you, but I still don't think one can just absolutely disregard all benchmarks prior to release as nothing more than marketing, smoke & mirrors. I have a lot of confidence in people like FUGGER over at XtremeSystems. :)

Still, we'll see it all come a month or two.

RE: Interesting
By Viditor on 5/28/2006 2:01:36 AM , Rating: 3
You have to understand that I'm not questioning FUGGER (I don't know him one way or the other)...but he can only work with what he's given.
Some other examples of this are:

1. The huge Rambus based PIII launch had ES reviews all over the web. The results of these were spectacular and there was a great deal of anticipation for the launch.
One WEEK before the launch and after 1.5 million mobos had already been shipped, the whole thing was cancelled and recalled because of a last minute problem that proved devastating.

2. Intel actually demonstrated a 5GHz Netburst chip a few years ago at IDF, and they made the prediction that we would be at 10GHz P4 by 2007...

My whole point is that bob's comments are valid ones in that while the Fat Lady may be on the stage, she isn't singing yet...:)

RE: Interesting
By Mortal on 5/28/2006 2:10:36 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think any more needs to be said. We'll just have to wait one or two months and everything will be out in the open. I'll still continue to enjoy the ES benchmarking until that time arrives, though.

When all is said and done, I just hope we'll see some good competition between Intel and AMD on the desktop.

RE: Interesting
By Viditor on 5/28/2006 2:24:43 AM , Rating: 2
When all is said and done, I just hope we'll see some good competition between Intel and AMD on the desktop

I would consider that a "Mortal" lock! ;)

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