Intel Planning Pre-Nehalem Price Cuts

Intel Planning Pre-Nehalem Price Cuts

The word on the streets of Taipei is that Intel is planning what could very well be the pre-Nehalem price cuts on existing and upcoming Core 2-based products.  The current plan is to reduce prices in the third quarter and add a few more CPUs just to firm-up the low and mid-range.  This could very well be a sign that we can expect a very strong launch from Nehalem, but we’ll continue to keep our fingers crossed just in case.

“The Core 2 Quad 9450, currently priced at US$316, will be phased out of the market to be replaced by the Core 2 Quad 9400 at 2.66GHz and a price of US$266.  The Core 2 Quad Q9300 and Q6700 will both be phased out at the same time too, leaving the Q6600 as the only 65nm quad-core CPU left in Intel's lineup, and which will drop from US$224 to US$203.

For dual-core CPUs, Intel will launch the Core 2 Duo E8600 at 3.33GHz and US$266, and will phase out the Core 2 Duo E8300.  The company will also drop pricing for the Core 2 Duo E8500 and E8400 from US$266 and US$183 to US$183 and US$163, respectively.

Intel will also add the Core 2 Duo E7300 at 2.66GHz and US$133 to its entry-level line and to drop the price of its Core 2 Duo E7200 from US$133 to US$113.”
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Hmmm I'm wanting to build a new system this summer and was wondering who to go with for the CPU. There may be a little here and there within any consideration on the two and what I choose. Although I have been running AMD for years now and there aquisition of ATI actually made that a bit stronger. I'm running a 3870 right now.

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Well, it is all about bang for the buck for me. But also power consumption is important now as well. As much as I love my x2 6000 it does get very hot and the fan is very noisy since it is a 125W chip. Intel does have some very strong chips for the price that they are at now. We will just have to wait and see how low the 45nm parts go.

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 I am thinking of buying new CPU. When this happens,there wil also be a pricedrop on Q6700? Then I will buy it... I have 975x mobo and don't with to upgrade just yet :)

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