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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
Processor
Brand
Processor
Number

Clock Speed
FSB
Cache Launch
Date
Price @
Launch
C2E
X6800
2.93GHz / 1066MHz 4MB 23-Jul $999
PPXE 955
3.46GHz / 1066MHz 2z2MB Now $999
PPXE 840
3.20GHz / 1066MHz 2x1MB Now $999
C2D
E6700
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
P4D
960
3.6GHz / 800MHz 2x2MB Now
$530
P4D 950
3.4GHz / 800MHz 2x2MB Now $224 (23-Jul)
P4D 940
3.2GHz / 800MHz 2x2MB Now $183 (23-Jul)
P4D
930
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
Processor
Brand
Processor
Number

Clock Speed
FSB
Cache   
Price
   Now   
 Price @ Launch
PDP
945
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
Processor
Brand
Processor
Number

Clock Speed
FSB
Cache    Price
   Now
   Price on
  23-Jul
P4P
661
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 zsdersw on 5/29/2006 12:35:15 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, come now... you know better than that. Everyone will read into the benchmarks of shipping Conroe chips what they want to read. A minor difference in results between the shipping product and what we saw from Intel a couple months ago will be all that some people need to go off the deep end about how it either didn't live up to expectations or exceeded expectations.

I'm sure it's not lost on Intel that the expectations game is always a double-edged sword. It seems unlikely to me that they'd choose to play the expectations game if there was a considerable chance they wouldn't win it, especially given the fact that there's a lot more on the line this time around than there was in the past.


RE: Interesting
By Viditor on 5/29/2006 10:18:04 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'm sure it's not lost on Intel that the expectations game is always a double-edged sword. It seems unlikely to me that they'd choose to play the expectations game if there was a considerable chance they wouldn't win it

That depends on what their goal is (and let me be clear that I certainly don't know what it is either).

If their goal was to stop AMD's momentum at the start of the year and get people to focus on the future Conroe, then even if Conroe is only equal to A64 they have succeeded.

They certainly have played the expectations game many times in the past with poor results at launch (Prescott, Nocona, etc...), and it never really hurt them.


RE: Interesting
By zsdersw on 5/30/2006 6:27:51 AM , Rating: 2
The expectations game for Prescott and Nocona pales in comparison to Conroe/Merom/Woodcrest. Intel wasn't the party responsible for the level of hype surrounding them.

It seems unlikely to me that Intel would be content to simply stop AMD's momentum with a chip that is only an equal to the K8, as many of Core and Core 2's features appear to be above and beyond what K8 brings to the table.


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