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Intel 'Bloomfield' CPU Pricing Reveals Pleasant Surprise

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In order to speed up adoption of quad-core CPUs, Intel is planning to offer its upcoming 3.2GHz Extreme series Bloomfield processor at $999 in thousand-unit tray quantities, US$500 cheaper compared to the current top-end Core 2 Extreme QX9770 which sells at $1499, according to sources at motherboard makers. In the past, Intel had always priced its flagship Extreme model at $999, but recent product launches saw the company abandon its traditional pricing scale, and introduce even steeper prices.

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    cah027 , July 18, 2008 8:40 PM
    Well lets hope the ones that most of us get (non-"Extreme") are priced nice as well.
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    grieve , July 18, 2008 8:46 PM
    haha, a little hard to get excited over a $999 processor.

    If they said the Q6600 is going to by $100 i would be impressed and everyone and there dog would have a minimum Q6600
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    aevm , July 18, 2008 9:00 PM
    Yeah, right, go ahead and sell $999 CPUs in the current economy, nice try Intel. This won't speed up adoption of quad-core CPUs that much.

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    Anonymous , July 18, 2008 10:13 PM
    still... that means yields are good (at least it should)

    so hopefully the non-extreme ones will be priced lower... like 4 - 6 hundred for the 2.93 ghz one... and 3- 5 hundred for the 2.66 ghz one... those are the hoped for ranges

    even lower if possible... but I doubt it
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    JonnyDough , July 18, 2008 11:36 PM
    Smaller process = cheaper manufacturing. Intel makes more now than ever. These prices are still ridiculous.
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    creepster , July 18, 2008 11:41 PM
    Extreme, as in extremely expensive.
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    techtalk , July 19, 2008 12:20 AM
    Well people are still going to buy those extreme processors. Doesnt matter how much you envy intel.
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    kman7607 , July 19, 2008 1:40 AM
    grievehaha, a little hard to get excited over a $999 processor.If they said the Q6600 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Core_2 is going to by $100 i would be impressed and everyone and there dog would have a minimum Q6600


    I really hope your right. I wonder if a price drop in the q6600 will coincide with the release of Bloomfield. I wonder how this is going to effect the "little guy". Let's hope it all plays out in our favor none the less.
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    velocityg4 , July 19, 2008 4:03 PM
    grievehaha, a little hard to get excited over a $999 processor.If they said the Q6600 is going to by $100 i would be impressed and everyone and there dog would have a minimum Q6600

    With how aggressively Intel has been phasing out 65nm I would be surprised if the Q6600 stuck around. Nor any other Kentsfield CPU

    kman7607I really hope your right. I wonder if a price drop in the q6600 will coincide with the release of Bloomfield. I wonder how this is going to effect the "little guy". Let's hope it all plays out in our favor none the less.

    Oh prices will probably just keep getting cheaper. Then the day AMD goes out of business Intel CPU's will inexplicably cost 30,000% more.
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    Bleaktrotter , July 19, 2008 10:26 PM
    JonnyDoughSmaller process = cheaper manufacturing. Intel makes more now than ever. These prices are still ridiculous.
    False. Smaller process = more expensive manufacturing.
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    Niva , July 20, 2008 1:18 AM
    BleaktrotterFalse. Smaller process = more expensive manufacturing.


    The research into smaller circuitry and the facilities/machines used are expensive, but it is MUCH cheaper overall in terms of resources. The disks they print the CPUs on are VERY VERY expensive. Intel is banking right now and rightly so, they have a good product.
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    kman7607 , July 21, 2008 1:40 AM
    NivaThe research into smaller circuitry and the facilities/machines used are expensive, but it is MUCH cheaper overall in terms of resources. The disks they print the CPUs on are VERY VERY expensive. Intel is banking right now and rightly so, they have a good product.


    Only time and Benchmarks will tell :)  But let's hope you are right!
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    zarksentinel , July 21, 2008 9:29 AM
    $999 still expensive...
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    jaragon13 , July 22, 2008 5:25 PM
    I just want an E8500 wolfdale/Q9300 for 50/80 dollars..but I am just dreaming.
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    Anonymous , July 24, 2008 12:18 AM
    Just like Coca Cola.....now we have Intel Extreme Classic Edition (if even for just the fact they raised prices and then dropped them back down to the exact SAME PRICE as they always have been) Doesn't matter to most of us anyway....if you have $999 to spend on a cpu, you more then likely have $1499 to spend on a cpu as well. Whats the difference to the rich......they wipe their ass with silk.

    On a side note I hope AMD gets tested for being retarded and does something about it...Last i read their 16 core Barcelona couldn't hold a candle to intel's skulltrail dual 4 core rig and thats being considerate at best (knowing how much greater performance is seen 6 months to a year after new processor designs are released)

    a) fusion is gonna suck as intel is already incorporating GPGPU technology into certain Nehalem chips (just to spite AMD it seems as not all Nehalems will have this incorporated)

    b) Nehalem sounds cooler then fusion

    c) If you want to be cool you will buy the cooler sounding thing

    d) AMD is stupid right now. Just plain dumb.
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    captaincharisma , August 15, 2008 1:49 PM
    its sad but true. the hardcore gamers always buy the parts that have the fatality name on them too