I am looking to upgrade my E6600 Core 2 Duo CPU. When I look online, I find the E8400 Core 2 Duo (one of the newer CPUs on the market) at around $220.00. I also find that the E6600 CPU that I have currently have retails for around $230.00.
Now why would the E8400 @ 3.0GHz be cheaper than the E6600 @ 2.4GHz? Am I missing something here?
E6600 is now no longer in mass production while E8400 are now in mass production with newer technology and larger DIE size that reduce the manufacturing cost. As I know the reasonable price for E8400 is around USD$ 200 and this price would be happened when Q9550 and Q9450 are available in Market.
MSRP for the E8400 is $180. Currently it is in very high demand so supply is low. As a result, e-tailers have jacked up the prices. Basic Supply and demand economics. They jack up the prices because they know people are willing to pay it. I am waiting until this summer when the supply is higher and I can buy it for $180. Then again, if I wait long enough, I may be able to pick up one of the six core core 2 duo's.