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Availability of Core 2 Duo and reduced prices on Pentium D

Intel officially lifted the performance NDA for its Conroe Core 2 Duo processors two weeks ago. While Core 2 Duo performed very well obtaining processors was a tad difficult. That was because the official Intel launch with retail availability was still set for July 27th, 2006. Now July 27th, 2006 has come and Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors are popping up at major online retailers. Online retailers such as Monarch Computer, Mwave, Tiger Direct and ZipZoomFly have Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme products list or in stock.

Intel Core 2 Duo Pricing
Frequency Wholesale Price
Retail Price
C2E X6800 2.93GHz $999 $1082.50
C2D E6700 2.67GHz $530 $595.25
C2D E6600
2.4GHz $316 $367.25
C2D E6400
2.13GHz $224 $270
C2D E6300
1.86GHz $183 $235.75
P4D 945
3.4GHz $163 N/A
P4D 915
2.8GHz $133 $143.06
P4D 820
2.8GHz $113 $126.80
P4D 805
2.66GHz $93 $101.50

Core 2 Duo retail pricing is close to Intel’s previously released pricing with the lower-end Core 2 Duo E6300, E6400 and E6600 models selling for around $50 more on average. Higher end Core 2 Duo 6700 models sell for $65 over wholesale pricing while the flagship Core 2 Extreme is selling for $83 more. Average pricing was calculated using current prices of Core 2 Duo processors from the above listed online merchants.

In conjunction with the Core 2 Duo launch Intel also slashed prices on four Pentium D models—the Pentium D 945, 915, 820 and 805. Retailers are slowly updating prices to reflect the price cuts. Mwave and ZipZoomFly have updated its prices on Pentium D 915, 820 and 805 models to reflect the reduced pricing. Tiger Direct has the newly released Pentium D 915 listed at prices similar to Mwave and ZipZoomFly while Pentium D models 820 and 805 still have old pricing. Intel’s Pentium D 945 is nowhere to be found from online retailers. Intel is expected to cut prices further in October.

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Even so...
By loser311 on 7/27/2006 11:35:57 PM , Rating: 3
Even with the E6600 selling at $367.25, its still beating the fx-62 which is currently priced at $853.00, Im usually not a fan of Intel but Conroe is definitely making them look pretty damn good. I wish I could go the Conroe route but since I just upgraded to a 939 system i'm just gonna stick it out and go SLI in the next few months to hold over to see if AMD can show up Intel with AM3.

RE: Even so...
By rklaver on 7/27/06, Rating: 0
RE: Even so...
By Lifted on 7/27/06, Rating: 0
RE: Even so...
By drebo on 7/28/2006 1:09:48 AM , Rating: 2
nVidia is not going to pull their chipsets for AMD. It would be far too detrimental to their revenue stream.

Besides, AMD could then just license SLI from nVidia and develop a chipset that supported both Crossfire and SLI.

No one is going to go bankrupt because AMD is buying ATI. That's not how it works. Grudges are far too expensive in the real world.

RE: Even so...
By Soccerman06 on 7/28/2006 2:04:11 AM , Rating: 2
merger != buying

RE: Even so...
By defter on 7/28/2006 3:41:35 AM , Rating: 2
merger != buying

And apples != oranges. The sky is blue btw.

Back on topic: AMD did buy ATI.

RE: Even so...
By Xavian on 7/28/2006 12:14:51 PM , Rating: 2
indeed, in this case, merger is just a polite way of saying AMD brought ATi lock-stock and barrel.

RE: Even so...
By duploxxx on 7/28/2006 2:48:16 AM , Rating: 2
buy a 5000+ with decent mobo against a e6600 with decent mobo. the difference is 120-150$ for that amount of money you buy a much better graka and outperform the e6600 easy on each game. and in a few weeks a 5400 will be released near the prise of an e6600, than all those "intel fanboy's" can stop reflecting the performance against a fx.

RE: Even so...
By rqle on 7/28/2006 3:49:55 AM , Rating: 2
for the adverage consumer price/performance wins, but for most anandtech/overclocker a conroe overclock at any grade level will top out any chips. Same reason us AMD bought a $300 operton to oc to FX++, conroe is the chip to overclock++. If $100 for you PCs is something you care about over the life of your PC then conroe may not be for you.

Pentium D 805 or low-end C2D?
By jskirwin on 7/28/2006 9:31:54 AM , Rating: 2
Given the new arch of Conroe, would it make sense to go with a low end unit and OC it OR the Pentium D 805 for a budget gaming unit with SLI?

RE: Pentium D 805 or low-end C2D?
By smut on 7/28/2006 9:54:25 AM , Rating: 2
Conroe and OC it all the way!!

RE: Pentium D 805 or low-end C2D?
By Garreye on 7/28/2006 9:55:24 AM , Rating: 2
I'd go with C2D anyday, especially if you have even moderate OCing abilities. Checkout this article if you havent already: ...even without OCing the low end C2D outperform the high end P4s in most benchmarks and they run way cooler and use a lot less power...

RE: Pentium D 805 or low-end C2D?
By othercents on 7/28/2006 10:48:13 AM , Rating: 2
You can actually go either way just make sure to buy a high end Conroe enabled motherboard. This way you can buy a cheap processor like the 805 now, overclock it, and then plan on buying a better one in a year (when the processor blows up).


RE: Pentium D 805 or low-end C2D?
By MAIA on 7/28/2006 2:23:14 PM , Rating: 2
Actually othercents, i was thinking about doing the same, i find it an excellent idea. I plan on buying a 805D now and overclock it as far as i can, then buy a C2D one year from now.

If you guys haven't seen the articles on the 805 overclokability, you should ;)

RE: Pentium D 805 or low-end C2D?
By jskirwin on 7/28/2006 3:35:54 PM , Rating: 2
That's what I'll do too.
The key seems to be to find a decent mobo that OC's AND is compliant with Conroe.

Mwave... Ugh!
By redbone75 on 7/28/2006 4:41:11 AM , Rating: 2
Did anyone notice the pricing on Core 2 Duos at It could just be me, but $295 for an E6300 is ridiculous, as is the pricing for the rest of the C2D's they carry. This is a perfect example of the price gouging that everyone feared.

RE: Mwave... Ugh!
By hwhacker on 7/28/2006 4:48:45 AM , Rating: 2
While you may have calculated the "average" price, noone's actually going to pay that...A very few retailers totally screw up the curve...Like MWAVE. Most people will buy it for what's cheapest and available, and at this point in time the prices are exactly (give or take a couple dollars) the same price(except for the X6800 which is from $1000 to $1300...but who's gonna buy that?) at most of the popular retailers, granted they're all sold out, but more than likely will all come back in stock at relatively the same time. Prices you will actually see are as follows:

E6300: $219 ($36 premium)
E6400: $239-249 ($15-25 premium)
E6600: $339 ($23 premium)
E6700: $568 ($38 premium)

I was actually expecting it to be a lot worse for the first couple batches.

RE: Mwave... Ugh!
By zsdersw on 7/28/2006 7:09:43 AM , Rating: 2
I suspect that if the release was at a time of the year when PC and parts sales are typically higher, the gouging would've been closer to what you were expecting.. or worse.

As it is, no one wants to put their prices too high and drive away the relative few who buy at this time of year.

I just picked up an E6300 OEM from TigerDirect.. and cancelled my order for an E6600 from shopblt. It's "Shipped" and should be here Monday. :)

RE: Mwave... Ugh!
By wmansfield on 7/28/2006 11:35:29 AM , Rating: 2
nobody is forcing you to buy it either... just relax and things will smooth out in a few weeks

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