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July 22 has arrived and Core 2 Quad Q6600s for under $300

Intel last week released a new lineup of 1333 MHz front-side bus processors at low price points, but held off price cuts for existing processors until July 22. The day has arrived and Intel price cuts for existing Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors are going into effect at various retailers.

Intel Core 2 Quad
Model
Core
Frequency
L2 Cache
FSBJuly 22
QX6800 2.93 GHz 8MB1066 MHz
$999
Q6700 2.66 GHz 8MB1066 MHz
$530
Q6600 2.40 GHz 8MB 1066 MHz
$266

Intel’s star for this round of price cuts is the quad-core Core 2 Quad Q6600. The price cut cuts the Core 2 Quad Q6600 price in half to $266 per processor, in 1,000-unit quantities, from the existing $530 price. The Core 2 Quad Q6600 is the only sub-$300 quad-core processor available on the market. Intel has positioned the Core 2 Quad Q6700, which launched last week, at the $530 price point.

Retailers have adjusted prices of the Core 2 Quad Q6600 accordingly. A quick search for the processor at online retailers shows prices starting at $275. ClubIT, Mwave, Newegg and ZipZoomFly have the processors listed below $300. However, Newegg has already sold out of Core 2 Quad Q6600 processors.

Intel Core 2 Duo
Model
Core
Frequency
L2 Cache
FSBJuly 22
E45002.20 GHz 2MB800 MHz
$133
E44002.00 GHz 2MB  800 MHz
$113

The price cuts also affect Core 2 Duo E4000-sequence processors. Intel’s Core 2 Duo E4400 drops $20 to $113 to make way for a new Core 2 Duo E4500. The new Core 2 Duo E4500 debuts at a $133 price point with a 200 MHz clock speed advantage.

Intel Quad Core Xeon UP
Model
Core
Frequency
L2 Cache
FSBAugust '07
X3230 2.66 GHz8MB 1066 MHz
$530
X3220 2.40 GHz 8MB 1066 MHz
$266
X3210
2.13 GHz 8MB1066 MHz
$224

If the $266 price tag is still a bit too steep, Intel plans to cut prices of its Xeon processor lineup in August. The Xeon price cuts affect quad-core Xeon UP and MP processors. The Intel quad-core Xeon processor lineup includes a 2.13 GHz X3210. Intel plans to drop the price on the Xeon X3210 to $224 come August.



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Unlike ATi and Nvidia
By aurareturn on 7/23/2007 12:35:05 AM , Rating: 5
When ATi(AMD) can't put out a competitive product, Nvidia takes advantage and completely dominants the market with high prices.

When AMD can't output a competitive processor, Intel continues to lower the prices and put out better processors.

I don't care how much you hate Intel and how big Intel his, but right now, they are doing good for the industry.




RE: Unlike ATi and Nvidia
By Rampage on 7/23/07, Rating: -1
RE: Unlike ATi and Nvidia
By Viditor on 7/23/07, Rating: -1
RE: Unlike ATi and Nvidia
By Andrwken on 7/23/2007 2:37:35 AM , Rating: 5
And still lost 600 million; at least your cup is half full. ;)


RE: Unlike ATi and Nvidia
By Viditor on 7/23/2007 3:56:41 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
And still lost 600 million

Fair call...:)
My point was though that while AMD is getting numerous kidney shots, it's still only the second round.
In Q4 last year, both Intel and AMD were making noises about stopping the price war. In this last quarter, they both affirmed that the war is still going long and strong...neither company has more than a temporary advantage.


RE: Unlike ATi and Nvidia
By Phynaz on 7/23/2007 2:02:03 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
they both affirmed that the war is still going long and strong


"AMD has no plans to further cut CPU prices any time soon" - Gary Bixler, AMD's director of marketing for North America
7/16/07

You say you spend hours a day reseaching AMD and Intel, but yet everything you say is contradicted by yhe companies themselves. You didn't even know what product AMD was manufacturing, and now your posting about a price war that AMD says the are ending.

BTW, do Opterons still increase in IPC with clock speed? :)


RE: Unlike ATi and Nvidia
By Phynaz on 7/23/2007 11:44:54 AM , Rating: 2
Guess, you didn't notice, but AMD stuffed the channel again last quarter.


RE: Unlike ATi and Nvidia
By TomZ on 7/23/2007 1:42:59 PM , Rating: 2
And even with doing that, they picked up only about 0.5% marketshare from Intel during the quarter, after several quarters of marketshare declines.

Considering Intel's current assault of new products and price drops, and AMD's lack of anything new, I can't imagine how Q3 is going to be good for AMD at all.


RE: Unlike ATi and Nvidia
By cheetah2k on 7/25/2007 12:37:47 AM , Rating: 1
I'm starting to get worried now that my AMD Socket 939 FX-60 will be the last solely owned AMD CPU i will ever buy again......

Right now, it is just too tempting to move to Intel Quad. I mean US$266 for a Q6600, is just bloody awesome.

I cannot ever imagine AMD in a position to sell that low. Not now, and certainly not in the next 12-24 months.


RE: Unlike ATi and Nvidia
By Le Québécois on 7/23/2007 1:01:54 AM , Rating: 2
The way I see it, both companies are in this together. AMD initiated this war last year with their first drastic price cut. Intel then did the same.

As for ATI and nVIDIA, must I remind you that AMD now own ATI and that the HD 2900XT is a pretty great product at her price range(if you forget the hefty power supply needed). And since the release of the 2900 XT, the 8800 GTS is surely but slowly costing less every weeks. While it isn't as drastic as the war one the CPU front, you'll always see "little" price wars as long as one company doesn't dominate in the market share area.


RE: Unlike ATi and Nvidia
By KernD on 7/23/2007 8:40:30 AM , Rating: 3
How did AMD initiate this? You must have missed the P4 drastic price cut when the K8 was ahead? But no thats not the start of the price war, thats just setting there price to be competitive. Then there was Conroe and AMD cut there price to try and be competitive, but thats not it either. When Intel cut there price of Conroe to keep AMD from still being competitive, now thats the start of the price war.


RE: Unlike ATi and Nvidia
By jarman on 7/23/2007 9:11:23 AM , Rating: 5
2900XT???

Please explain to me how that under-performing $400 space heater can be considered a great product.


RE: Unlike ATi and Nvidia
By Le Québécois on 7/23/2007 7:27:44 PM , Rating: 2
I was only speaking performance wise, hence my mention about the power supply requirement. I won't argue with you about the heat or the PSU requirements because I agree on that.

But don't call it a
quote:
under-performing $400
because it's on par with 8800GTS (go read anandtech if you don't believe me) which cost a little more (a least in Canada).

Like I just said, I was only talking performance. Nothing more.

Just so you know, if I were to buy a new video card now. I would only chose the 2900XT over the 8800GTS if I already had a very powerful PSU and a good case to cool it down.


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