I know that the Core 2 Duo prices have finally settled right about the Intel MSRP, but with the Kentsfield Due out in November shouldn't the Conroe be due for a big time price drop by the end of October? I wanted your opinions because I've been holding off my purchase and thought maybe another 3-4 weeks might make a big difference.
Depending on demand and supply would perhaps affect prices.
The quad core, your getting 4 cores, so to me, that's a different classification type of processor.
The only other thing that could affect C2D prices, is if only AMD comes out with something that will perform 20% better. That way their processors should be priced over the C2D or, if price lower, would force C2D prices lower as well.
Unless the Core 2 Quads or whatever they will be called, are going to be priced the same as Core 2 Duos, then maybe a slight price drop might occur. But, until then, I think the C2D prices will stay about the same, especially with the Core 2 Q-thing Extreme being released first.
And like what Grimmy mentioned, unless AMD comes out with a CPU that is comparable in performance, Intel won't lower the cost of the mainstream CPUs, E6600/E6700 much. Maybe the E6400/E6300, possibly. Oh, and if the E6000/E6100/E6200 (if they exist) do arrive, expect a battle in the low/mid range pricing.
I'm kinda waiting for a price drop too, but its looking like its not gonna happen. However, if I purchase a C2D system, I'm gonna need DDR2 Ram, and I know that the price of that stuff will probably hit the floor about January.
Prices are still sliding down to Intel's MSRP, but don't expect them to go below that anytime soon. Quad-core I hear will be $1200 when it comes out later this month, mainstream version no idea on pricing. When the celeron models of the C2Q come out, then they will probably take over their own respective bands, I don't see why Intel would start cannabalizing their own sales (unlike some stores I know... yeah Wal-mart, I'm looking straight at you).
Assuming you're talking about price drops of any significant portion then I'd guess no across the current lineup through the e6700. Now the x6800 on the other hand looks to be at the same price point the first quad will likely come out at or around. I would expect the x6800 to be priced below the first quad-core.
Thats my opinion at least but I can't imagine anyone buying x6800 if the quad cost about the same or less so logic would seem to back up that opinion also.
(edit) Now if Doughbuy is correct about the price being a few hundred dollars over the x6800 at release for the quad then current prices might remain pretty much the same.
I was under the impression from reading several sites info that it would be more around the 1k mark in cost tho but we'll know in less than a month for sure won't we? hehe
I've seen a fall in the price of the E6600 here in the UK since introduction. I bought mine 2 days ago for £207.55 (inc VAT, which is a 17.5% tax) and when they started out they were in the area of £290.00. This is of course, assuming you shop around for a good price, instead of a stupid opportunist price - searching tonight shows the same processor for sale at £312.51 and I remember seeing £600+ prices on eBay right after release when you could buy them at ebuyer for £250.00...
Yeah, the whole trend from intel right now seems to be set the prices, then intro new products at new prices that are below or above existing MSRP's.
I doubt we'll see price drops until AMD has an answer or until supply becomes much greater than demand (perhaps when more of the fabs get off producing P4s/PDs and produce C2D).
Or unless AMD drops prices even more - unlikely.