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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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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.


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