Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Intel Slashes Processor Prices Up to 48%

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 26 comments

Intel has cut prices for some of its chips by a substantial amount. With reductions of up 48 percent, the company Sunday cut prices of its Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium dual-core, Celeron and Xeon chips.

Check out the table below for the full list of cuts.

Processor
Old Price
New Price
Percentage Decrease
Celeron Mobile 570$134
$70
48%
Core 2 Quad Q9650$530
$316
40%
Xeon X3370$530
$316
40%
Celeron Mobile 585$107
$70
35%
Celeron Mobile 560$107
$70
35%
Pentium Dual Core E5200$82
$64
24%
Core 2 Quad Q9400$266
$213
20%
Celeron Mobile 540$86
$70
19%
Celeron Mobile 530$86
$70
19%
Celeron Dual Core (Desktop) E1400$53
$43
19%
Core 2 Quad Q8300$224
$183
18%
Core 2 Qaud Q9550$316
$266
16%
Core 2 Quad Q8200$193
$163
16%
Xeon X3360$316
$266
16%
Xeon X3350$316$266
16%
Xeon X3330$266$244
16%
Core 2 Duo E7300$133$113
15%
Pentium Dual Core E5300 $86$74
14%
Pentium Dual Core E2220$74$64
14%
Core 2 Duo Mobile P8600$241$20913%


It’ll be interesting to see how AMD will react to this news. With cuts to the Q9400, and Q8300, it doesn’t look like the company will have much choice to drop its prices and try to match the competition.

*All prices per unit are per block of 1,000.

Discuss
Display all 26 comments.
This thread is closed for comments
  • 0 Hide
    trevorvdw , January 20, 2009 4:24 PM
    Didn't AMD cut their prices yesterday already? Preemptive strike?
  • 0 Hide
    Dax corrin , January 20, 2009 4:47 PM
    It'll be good for the next group of people I build/upgrade computers for, but sux for the person I just bought an E7300 for late last week.
  • 1 Hide
    dechy , January 20, 2009 4:49 PM
    Nice! An OC'ed Q9650 looking mighty good and will push my current platform's life a whole lot longer ( I REALLY don't feel like getting rid of my 8GB of RAM just yet!)
  • 0 Hide
    Anonymous , January 20, 2009 5:02 PM
    do i get it right that these prices apply only when buying 1000 at once? if it is so, then it kinda sucks, cause no company in here (estonia) will buy cpus in a branch even near 1000, so i can dream on.
  • 0 Hide
    DrBlofeld , January 20, 2009 5:06 PM
    Quote:
    ..the company Sunday cut prices of its Core 2 Quad..


    Do you mean that the company cut prices on Sunday?
  • 0 Hide
    JAYDEEJOHN , January 20, 2009 5:08 PM
    Am I wrong here, or does everyone think Intel controls the market, and theres no competition? AMD cut thier prices before Intel did. Intel announced a bit before, but it was purely a papercut heheh. Since AMD has already dropped their prices, I think itll be interesting to see Intels response
  • 0 Hide
    dechy , January 20, 2009 5:22 PM
    nalido i get it right that these prices apply only when buying 1000 at once? if it is so, then it kinda sucks, cause no company in here (estonia) will buy cpus in a branch even near 1000, so i can dream on.


    Check out newegg, the prices are already reflected with a small markup (well, I only checked the Q9650) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115130

    Other places will probably keep the high price trying to get rid of inventory they had to buy at higher price until they either restock or take a loss so they can sell.
  • 0 Hide
    dechy , January 20, 2009 5:34 PM
    Oups, sorry, didn't read your post correctly nali (about you being in estonia). Indeed those are for bulk purchases by retail giants, it will still mean a lower price accross the board even if they are bought in smaller quantities, just not nearly as much.
  • 0 Hide
    Pei-chen , January 20, 2009 5:42 PM
    DechyNice! An OC'ed Q9650 looking mighty good and will push my current platform's life a whole lot longer ( I REALLY don't feel like getting rid of my 8GB of RAM just yet!)

    I am in the same boat. I plan to replace my E6400 with Q9550/9650 and game on for another two or three year.

    Newegg lowered Phenom II prices by $40 this morning. It is still overpriced as Q6600 is still cheaper and faster.
  • 1 Hide
    Roland00 , January 20, 2009 5:57 PM
    Actually Amd price cut yesterday was in response to this preplanned intel cut.

    Intel always cuts prices in January as part of their tick/tock strategy. It helps gets rid of the old processors. The prices were announced a week ago

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?s=703d8fba7a2c39e914d12cab95fe6c04&t=214354

    And were supposed to take in effect for vendors on the 1/18 (though vendors may not pass the prices on too customers until they clear old inventory.)

    ----

    Well AMD drop their prices of their new quads in response to stay competitive. This is great for the consumer but I worry for AMD profitability in this economy. I have a q6600 and want to get an i7 when they go to 32nm, but its good to have competition and my first computer was an AMD barcelona.
  • 0 Hide
    azxcvbnm321 , January 20, 2009 6:33 PM
    Intel dictates prices because they have the top line processors and get to control how much AMD makes. They can cut to the bone on their lower end processors and still keep on making money with their high end stuff. AMD has no way of making money. The end is near.
  • 1 Hide
    that_aznpride101 , January 20, 2009 6:38 PM
    Roland00Actually Amd price cut yesterday was in response to this preplanned intel cut.Intel always cuts prices in January as part of their tick/tock strategy. It helps gets rid of the old processors. The prices were announced a week agohttp://www.xtremesystems.org/forum [...] 4&t=214354And were supposed to take in effect for vendors on the 1/18 (though vendors may not pass the prices on too customers until they clear old inventory.)----Well AMD drop their prices of their new quads in response to stay competitive. This is great for the consumer but I worry for AMD profitability in this economy. I have a q6600 and want to get an i7 when they go to 32nm, but its good to have competition and my first computer was an AMD barcelona.


    Well, given the state of this economy and the tendency for the average consumer to go for the cheaper good rather than the more expensive one, I think AMD will be fine this year as opposed to Intel whose products are more expensive.
  • 4 Hide
    PrangeWay , January 20, 2009 6:43 PM
    thanks AMD for Intels price cut!
  • 0 Hide
    that_aznpride101 , January 20, 2009 6:47 PM
    azxcvbnm321Intel dictates prices because they have the top line processors and get to control how much AMD makes. They can cut to the bone on their lower end processors and still keep on making money with their high end stuff. AMD has no way of making money. The end is near.


    I have to say I disagree and would argue the opposite. If Intel was truly in control of the market, then they would not need to reduce the price of their processors in order to stay competitive. Regarding the review TH gave for the AMD Phenom 2 I'd have to say AMD is giving Intel a run for their money.

    As for AMD has "no way of making money," you wouldn't know for sure until you look how much it costs the company to manufacture each processor. Their cost structure could be a lot cheaper than Intel's for all we know.
  • 0 Hide
    ckthecerealkiller , January 20, 2009 7:22 PM
    I personally ALWAYS go with AMD. They always have a similar offering compared to Intel for gaming. I can upgrade to the new Phenom without changing mobo's. Intel I have to shell out an extra 400-500 dollars for essentially the same performance. I do the occasional video decoding at night but they are usually close to a gig in size and I just set to shut my computer off when it's done anyway. AMD FTW!!!
  • -1 Hide
    jrabbitb , January 20, 2009 7:36 PM
    intel must be worried about the phoenom II to make such a big cut.
  • 0 Hide
    Roland00 , January 20, 2009 8:24 PM
    Roland00 but its good to have competition and my first computer was an AMD barcelona.

    I meant to say barton, not barcelona, as in the AMD athlon xp 2800+ barton core; not the amd server chip that was similar to phenom.
  • 0 Hide
    MosportMike , January 20, 2009 8:28 PM
    AMD is much more than a cpu company. Dont forget enthusiasts like us only make up 5% of the total market so what we think really doesnt matter. And yes, AMDs Phenom II is A LOT cheaper to produce. Intels profits dropped 90% in Q4 of last year and they are afraid us AMD enthusiasts will upgrade what we currently have instead of building a whole new system based upon Intel. Their price cuts are a direct result of AMDs Phenom II. That in itself tells you AMD is once again on the right path.
  • -2 Hide
    rambo117 , January 20, 2009 11:34 PM
    even though our economy sux horribly, at least the tech market is going cheap xDD.
    or it could just be pure competition. oh well, dont care, as long as i can go buy my new phenomII processor :D 
  • 0 Hide
    zodiacfml , January 21, 2009 6:44 AM
    i think its both the economy and reducing inventory the reasons for price cuts. in my opinion, a price war is not the motive.
    if intel did that then it will be another evidence that intel is doing unfair competition against amd.
Display more comments