Intel low-end desktop pricing
Pentium D, Pentium 4 and Celeron D value pricing

DailyTech has come across an Intel roadmap that reveals more Intel price cuts for October 2006. Intel’s previous launch of Core 2 Conroe processors brought drastic price cuts to a couple of Pentium D models, mainly the 945, 915, 820 and 805.

Recently released Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme products will not be receiving any price cuts in the near future. Pentium D models 925, 915 and 820 will receive price cuts in October. Pentium D 925 pricing will drop to $133 on October 1st, 2006 followed by the Pentium D 915 and 820 on October 22nd, 2006. On October 22nd, 2006 the Pentium D 915 and 820 will drop to $113 and $93. This places the Pentium D 820 and 805 at the same price point. There’s no mention of price cuts for the Pentium D 805 in the roadmap or if Intel may discontinue it, though it doesn’t make sense for Intel to have the Pentium D 820 and 805 at the same price point.

Single-core Intel Pentium 4 6xx and 5xx series will receive drastic price cuts on July 23rd, 2006. Pentium 4 models 661, 651, 641 and 631 will drop to $163. Previous pricing on the Pentium 4 661, 651, 641 and 631 were $401, $273, $218 and $178 respectively. Pentium 4 541and 531 will drop to $84 and $74 from the previous $218 and $178 prices. At the bottom of the Pentium 4 chain is the Pentium 4 524 clocked at 3.06 GHz with a 533 MHz front-side bus. The Pentium 4 524 price will drop to a mere $69 which is bordering Celeron D territory.

Intel Celeron D processors are expected to receive two price cuts. The first price cut occurs on July 23rd, 2006. On July 23rd, 2006 the entire Celeron D lineup will receive price cuts of around 8-15% with the Celeron D 356 priced at $74 while the lowest Celeron D 331 is priced at $44. October 22nd, 2006 will bring another price cut for the Celeron D lineup. This time around the flagship Celeron D 360 drops 12% to $74 while the rest of the lineup receives 7-14% price cuts. This places the bottom-of-the Celeron D chain Celeron D 331 at an affordable $39.

AMD also just announced its price cuts for October 23, although the cuts seem mostly limited to mobile processors.  Given that both companies planned pricing out for two competing lineups just days apart seems to indicate that this price war is just heating up.

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