Intel drops processor pricing by up to 48 percent

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News Posted: Tue, Jan 20 2009 3:00 AM
Intel published a new price list on Sunday that reflects large decreases on certain processors including a 40% decrease in price for the Top-end Core 2 Quad Q9650 (12M L2, 3.0GHz, 1333 MHz FSB 45nm) down from December 1,000 unit tray wholesale pricing of $530 to $316. 

Although the rumor mill may relate the change in Quad Core prices to the debut of the AMD Phenon II, more than likely it is due in part to Intels release of the Core I7 processor line. It has been Intels historical practice to decrease pricing on previous generation higher end CPU's to better position pricing of the new line.

The following is a listing of those processors affected by the current price cuts:
Processor
 
Dec. Price
 
New Price
 
%Decrease .
 
Intel® Core™2 Quad processor
 

 

 
Q9650 (12M L2 cache 3.00 GHz 1333 MHz FSB 45nm) $530 $316 40%
Q9550 (12M L2 cache 2.83 GHz 1333 MHz FSB 45nm) $316 $266
 
16%
 
Q9400 (6M L2 cache 2.66 GHz 1333 MHz FSB 45nm) $266 $213
 
20%
 
Q8300 (4M L2 cache 2.50 GHz 1333 MHz FSB 45nm) $224 $183 18%
 
Q8200 (4M L2 cache 2.33 GHz 1333 MHz FSB 45nm) $193
 
$163
 
16%
 

 

 

 

 
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor
 

 

 
E7400 (3M cache, 2.80 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB 45nm) $133
 
$113
 
15%
 

 

 

 

 
Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core processor
 

 

 
E5300 (2M L2 cache, 2.60 GHz, 800 MHz FSB 45nm) $86
 
$74
 
14%
 
E5200 (2M L2 cache 2.50 GHz 800 MHz FSB 45nm) $84
 
$64
 
24%
 
E2220 (1M L2 cache 2.40 GHz 800 MHz FSB 65nm) $74
 
$64
 
14%
 

 

 

 

 
Intel® Celeron® Dual-Core processor
 

 

 
E1400 (512K L2 cache, 2.00 GHz, 800 MHz FSB 65nm) $53
 
$43
 
19%
 

 

 

 

 
Intel® Core™2 Duo processor (mobile)
 

 

 
P8600 (3M L2 cache 2.40 GHz 1066 MHz FSB 45nm) $241
 
$209
 
13%
 

 

 

 

 
Intel® Celeron® processor (mobile)
 

 

 
585 (1M L2 cache 2.66 GHz 667 MHz FSB 65nm) $107
 
$70
 
35%
 
570 (1M L2 cache 2.26 GHz 533 MHz FSB 65nm) $134
 
$70
 
48%
 
560 (1M L2 cache 2.13 GHz 533 MHz FSB 65nm) $107
 
$70
 
35%
 
540 (1M L2 cache 1.86 GHz 533 MHz FSB 65nm) $86
 
$70
 
19%
 
530 (1M L2 cache 1.73 GHz 533 MHz FSB 65nm) $86
 
$70
 
19%
 

 

 

 

 
Intel® Xeon® processor (server)
 

 

 
X3370 (12M L2 cache 3.00 GHz (95W) 1333 MHz FSB 45nm)   
 
$530
 
$316
 
40%
 
X3360 (12M L2 cache 2.83 GHz (95W) 1333 MHz FSB 45nm) $316
 
$266
 
16%
 
X3350 (12M L2 cache 2.66 GHz (95W) 1333 MHz FSB 45nm) $316
 
$266
 
16%
 
X3330 (6M L2 cache 2.66 GHz (95W) 1333 MHz FSB 45nm) $266
 
$224
 
16%
 

 
 
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So nice to see the prices dropping like this. Even the Top-Dawg AMD Phenom II 940 3.0 GHz is selling for $235 on NewEgg. Competition is great!

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Looks good, but I'm yet to see the effect of the cuts here as the retailers are probably slow or reluctant.

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digitaldd replied on Fri, Jan 23 2009 9:28 AM

yay price drops although I think I'm going to wait for the "s"  [65Watt] version of the Core 2 Quads.

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If the Q6600 went to $50. it would be mine...lol

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I could see this appealing to those looking to upgrade just the cpu. I kinda got excited at first thinking they were gonna cut prices on the i7's but fat chance of that since AMD hasn't come close to competing with them as of yet. Maybe when they release the next round of i7's the current will drop(whenever that may be!)

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I could see this appealing to those looking to upgrade just the cpu. I kinda got excited at first thinking they were gonna cut prices on the i7's but fat chance of that since AMD hasn't come close to competing with them as of yet. Maybe when they release the next round of i7's the current will drop(whenever that may be!)

Yeah I am thinking about retiring the old Pentium D.

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wow. i'm trying not to regret getting the 9550 for $300 a few weeks ago. but, the difference between the 9550 and 9650 isn't that much.

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