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It appears Intel will be cutting prices on its quad-core CPUs leading up to the release of AMD's native quad-core Barcelona family of processors. The price war between Intel and AMD, a constant conflict which culminated last year when Intel released its Core 2 and AMD cut prices on its Athlon 64 X2 products, will most likely continue. Expect to see price cuts for Intel's QX6700 and Q6600 in the months to come as well. AMD is expected to ship its native quad-core desktop CPUs, now dubbed K10, in Q3 2007. Intel guidance already states the company will accelerate the ongoing price war through Q3 2007 -- a price war that has already taken its toll on AMD and Intel profits.... Read more...
With AMD's new chips expected to be out in Q3 2007, Intel has decided to cut prices for their Core 2 Duo and Quad models in the second quarter of 2007. For example, Intel's Core 2 Quad Q6600 will be reduced from $851 to $530, and the Core 2 Duo E6700 will go from $530 to $316. Those aren't the only price cuts however, as a number of chips are due to have their prices slashed. "Over and above, though Core 2 Duo E6400 (2.13 GHz/2MB L2/1066MHz FSB) and E6300 (1.83 GHz/2MB L2/1066MHz FSB) haven't got too much cut in this plan, says from $224 to $183 (18.3%) and from $183 to $163 (10.9%), Intel would like to give a special gift to this models, a 2MB extra L2 Cache (total 4MB L2 Cache).... Read more...
Are LCD manufacturers colluding to keep prices artificially high? If they are, they're doing a crummy job; LCD prices are plummeting. Regulatory agencies in Japan and The US are looking at Samsung, NEC, Sharp, AU Optronics, LG Phillips, and Chi Mei Optoelectronics anyway: The companies are being investigated for allegedly curbing their output for the purpose of keeping LCD prices from falling too quickly, something that has been a great concern for some electronics manufacturers as of late. Sony's president Stan Glasgow told reporters last week that prices for LCD televisions will drop 25 to 30 percent this year, a more drastic drop than... Read more...
If you've been waiting for the next round of price cuts to buy a new processor, get your credit card ready. According to the Inquirer, AMD quietly slashed prices on a number of popular desktop and Opteron processors. "The 754 pin Sempron 3000+ will cost $44 from $50, the Sempron 3200+ AM2 will cost $56 from $66 and fall to $51 on the 22nd of January 2007. Other AM2 chips affected are the 3800+ down to $138 from $152, the X2 4200+ and EE down from $186 to $173, and the X2 4600+ down to $215 from $240. The X2 5000+ drops from $300 to $285, along with the EE version, while X2 5200+ drop from $403 to $296." Street prices haven't come down to these levels just yet, but they're coming.... Read more...
Earlier this week, Hot Hardware mentioned that Canon and Toshiba had announced their deal to build a factory in Japan to build great big SED widescreens, and predicted it would put pressure on other screen prices. Now the latest  Business Week outlines the coming race to the bottom for prices on LCD and Plasma screens, just in time for Christmas. Coincidence? We think not. "The only ones making money in the TV business this year will be the guys who deliver the sets and the people who sell the stands and the mounting brackets," says analyst Rosemary Abowd of Pacific Media Associates in Menlo Park, Calif. The imminent price war will pit... Read more...
There's been some speculation about prices for the various Windows Vista builds, but today Microsoft has announced the official retail prices for their next operating system. Vista Ultimate - $399 (XP Upgrade - $259) Vista Business - $299 (XP Upgrade - $199) Vista Home Premium - $239 (XP Upgrade - $159) Vista Home Basic - $199 (XP Upgrade - $99)   "Current customer preview program participants will be able to access the latest Vista test code beginning this week. Microsoft will open the program to new participants in the coming days, it says. Vista RC1 will post to the company's MSDN and TechNet Web sites for subscriber download this week. In addition, Microsoft says... Read more...
Asustek and Gigabyte, two of the largest motherboard makers in the world, recently announced that they will be joining forces to build a new company that will combine production of their motherboard and graphics card products. This comes after rumors that Gigabyte was in danger of being bought out by their competitor, Foxconn. InfoWorld speculates that while the deal will benefit the industry and keep Gigabyte from being swallowed by a take-over, it may result in less competition and higher prices for end consumers. "Despite lower raw material costs, the two companies will hold more market share and work more closely together. That's a big difference from the past, when motherboard makers... Read more...
Apple Computer Inc. expects the average selling price of its iPod digital music players to decline in the current quarter from the prior period, the company's CFO said on Wednesday. "We expect them to be down a little bit in the June quarter," Apple's Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said. He also told Reuters that the gross margins on iPods in the just-completed March quarter were "above 20 percent," consistent with his past comments about iPod gross margins.  ... Read more...
It appears they will. As X-Bit labs writes, ATI is planning some pretty serious price cuts for their X1x00 series cards. The Radeon X1900 XTX will retail for around $549, and the X1900 XT being brought down to $479. Just in time for Nvidia's GeForce 7900 products."The Markham, Ontario-based GPU supplier is projected to announce price slash on the Radeon X1900-, X1800-, X1600 and X1300-series products shortly, according to sources familiar with the plans of the graphics giant. The decrease of the prices will help ATI to more efficiently compete against Nvidia Corp.'s new products which release will spur lowering the prices across-the-board."... Read more...
DigiTimes is reporting that DDR2 contract prices have soared a painful 18% since the second half of January. Amidst tight capacity, major memory vendors are free to play with pricing. Unfortunately, with Intel already in the DDR2 camp and AMD looking to join that group shortly it appears as though memory prices could be a sore spot for consumers in the coming months. Let's hope that memory module vendors take it easy on us and don't pass these price hikes over in their entirety. Hynix raised its quotes 5-10% while Samsung, which did not disclose the price increase, stated that its price hike was "significant", according to company officials... Read more...
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