Intel plans to introduce two new entry-level desktop processors in August and October this year, and will drop the price of previous entry-level processors, according to sources familiar with Intel's plan.
Intel will launch the new Pentium E2180 with 2GHz frequency, 1MB L2 cache and 800MHz FSB on August 26. The processor will be priced at US$84 in 1000-unit tray quantities. The previous E2160 will drop from US$84 to US$74 while the E2140 will slowly step out of the market, noted the sources.
With no high end competiton, and the mid range on an even keel, it was only a matter of time before Intel went after the low end agressively. Since AMD dropped the prices on the 3800, and introduced the 3600 so cheap, Intel hasnt been that competative in the entry level arena. Even so, the mobo manufacturers will still need to make some cheaper low end Intel mobos to make the new CPUs a competitive altenative to low end AMD systems.
I'm happy and sad at the same time. I was hoping the E4500 was going to be it for a while. Christmas-time will be my next purchase, most likely, and a 3.2Ghz Core2 for $150 around that time sounds very tempting.