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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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RE: Intel is out for blood
By TodX on 5/15/2007 11:58:17 PM , Rating: 2
Found this
on Fudzilla last night in this article
As you can see the article was pulled soon after being posted. I guess someone didn't want those numbers out. Then again, you could doctor up a photo like that in a couple minutes nowadays. Either way, I thought I'd post it anyway.

RE: Intel is out for blood
By Motley on 5/16/2007 1:40:09 AM , Rating: 2
Doesn't look unreasonable. One thing you should notice however in the CPU-Z test, the processor selection dropdown is NOT greyed out. In a single processor system, it would be. What you are seeing is atleast 2 top of the line AMD Quad core's being benchmarked against a single Intel processor that isn't even the top of the line currently.

RE: Intel is out for blood
By Matty P on 5/16/2007 5:35:06 AM , Rating: 2
Thats definately the case - I've just checked it out on a quad core server and a dual quad core server :) Interesting to note that the supposed AMD chips get just under double the points of the single QX6700... Looks like its going to be a very close run thing!

RE: Intel is out for blood
By Amiga500 on 5/16/2007 6:17:11 AM , Rating: 2
Does Barcelona not have SSE4A instructions?

Should they not be registering on CPU-Z?

RE: Intel is out for blood
By tdawg on 5/16/2007 2:15:05 PM , Rating: 2
Barcelona chips have an L3 cache, right? The screenshot doesn't have an L3 cache.

Read this:

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

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