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Intel set to cut prices ahead of AMD's "Barcelona" launch

Last week, AMD talked about its desktop plans for the upcoming year in Sunnyvale, California. Although AMD showed its upcoming desktop processor running in single and dual-socket configurations, the company chose not to announce an official launch date for its next-generation desktop processors. According to Robert Rivet, AMD executive vice president and CFO, however, AMD's next-generation processors will be ready by Christmas.

Despite how distant the possible December launch date of AMD's native quad-core desktop processors may seem, Intel is already stepping up the competition and will be instituting a series of aggressive price cuts in July. We originally reported these major price cuts, which will be targeting Intel's quad-core desktop and server processors, in March. At the time, we didn't know the official date of when the price cuts would take place. We can confirm today that the price cuts will take place on July 22.

Intel Core 2 Quad
L2 Cache
FSB July 22
QX6800 2.93 GHz 8MB 1066 MHz
Q6700 2.66 GHz 8MB 1066 MHz
Q6600 2.40 GHz 8MB 1066 MHz

The first part of the price cuts will center on Intel's quad-core desktop processors. The Q6600, which Intel launched in February, currently sells for $530 in quantities of 1000. When the product was originally launched, it was priced at $851 in quantities of 1000. The next round of price cuts will effectively lower the price to $266. The selling price of the Intel QX6700 will also be lowered, coming in at $530 by the end of July.

Intel Quad Core Xeon DP
L2 Cache
FSBJuly 22
X53653.00 GHz 8MB 1333 MHz
X5355 2.66 GHz8MB 1333 MHz
E5345 2.33 GHz 8MB 1333 MHz
2.00 GHz 8MB1333 MHz
E53201.86 GHz 8MB 1066 MHz
1.60 GHz 8MB1066 MHz
L53201.86 GHz 8MB 1066 MHz
1.60 GHz 8MB1066 MHz

Intel is also slashing the prices of its quad core Xeon DP processors. The flagship Xeon DP X5355 will see its introductory $1172 price drop to a more manageable $744. Likewise, Intel's slowest 1333MHz FSB Xeon DP processor will drop to $316 while the Intel's two low-voltage Xeon DP L5320 and L5310 processors will fall to $320 and $273 respectively.

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This makes me angry
By Domicinator on 5/15/2007 10:46:28 PM , Rating: 2
I waited for the first price drop and then bought my new Q6600 processor. I've had it for three weeks, and now I find out I could have waited another month and gotten the one above it for the same price. Since they originally said the price drop would happen in August, I didn't want to wait that long. (We're having a baby, and I figured I might spend all my computer money on the baby if I didn't act soon.)

On the other hand, I can easily overclock my Q6600 to perform like the Q6700. Also, this is good for competition in the market. So I'm not going to look at these prices anymore. Processors are changing so freakin' fast right now, it's impossible to keep up.

RE: This makes me angry
By nerdye on 5/15/2007 11:40:33 PM , Rating: 2
I understand the frustration that pc hardware has placed on you through its laser quick evolution after having bought recent high end hardware. My 2gb kit of corsiar xms2 with the led lights was 250 on sale at frys in december, now I can get 4gb of it at the same price. My 7950gt was a great deal at 240$ in december (06 of cource), yet now I would love an 8800 gts 320mb instead. Do what you can when you need to upgrade, cause it will never be the right time otherwise! I already want dx10 and ddr2 1066, but I bought what was price performance effective when I bought it and gotta live with it. We have an expensive hobby my friends!

RE: This makes me angry
By redbone75 on 5/16/2007 3:49:49 AM , Rating: 2
(We're having a baby, and I figured I might spend all my computer money on the baby if I didn't act soon.)

Hey, does your wife read Dailytech? If so, your sofa better be real comfortable:p

RE: This makes me angry
By Domicinator on 5/16/2007 7:59:01 PM , Rating: 2
Nope, she stays far away from tech sites!!!

But she's cool with me buying computer stuff. The baby is going to keep us home a lot more now, so her philosophy is that we may as well have stuff to do at home if we're going to be confined there!!

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller

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