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Intel's Rumored CPU Price Drops, New Chips

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Rumor has it Intel is set to drop its prices as well as introduce new processor models. If they come to fruition, some CPUs could see price drops of up to 20 percent.

According to DigiTimes, Intel is also said to be rolling out new processors next month. Reports say April 19 will see the launch of the Q8400 (95W) and Q8400S (65W), both clocked to 2.66 GHz but priced at $183 and $245, respectively.

The same report, which cites sources at motherboard manufacturers says that we’ll see more processors introduced at the end of May, including Celeron and Pentium Dual-Core parts, the Core 2 Duo E7600 and two new Core i7s: the 3.06 GHz 950 and the 3.33 GHz 975, priced at $562 and $999, respectively. The news comes just a couple of months after Intel dropped the prices on several processors significantly, with some of the cuts amounting to as much as 48 percent. The company's Celeron Mobile 570, Core 2 Quad Q9650 and Xeon X3370 all saw cuts of over 40 percent.

Here’s a full list of the aforementioned price drops and new releases, courtesy of DigiTimes. For the list of January's price slashing click here.

Old Price
New Price
April 19

Core 2 Quad Q8400 (2.66GHz)




Core 2 Quad Q8400S (2.66GHz)




Core 2 Quad Q9300


Core 2 Quad Q9550S


Core 2 Quad Q9400S


Core 2 Quad Q8200S

May 31

Core i7-975 (3.33GHz)


Core i7-950 (3.06GHz)


Core 2 Duo E7600


Pentium Dual-Core E6300


Pentium Dual-Core E6300

July 19

Core 2 Quad Q8300


Core 2 Duo E7500


Pentium Dual-Core E5400


Pentium Dual-Core E5300


Celeron Dual-Core E1500

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    shabodah , March 20, 2009 8:57 PM
    Can someone tell Intel that they don't have to use weird frequencies any more since the cpu speed isn't tied to a quad-pump fsb? Please?
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    Dekasav , March 20, 2009 9:24 PM
    They based QuickPath on a 133Mhz bus, so the weird frequencies will continue.
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    apache_lives , March 20, 2009 9:28 PM
    whats weird about it? and why care about a clock speed?
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    eklipz330 , March 20, 2009 9:46 PM
    i was hoping for a q9650 drop... man i really wanna hit 4ghz...
  • 6 Hide
    eddieroolz , March 20, 2009 9:58 PM
    Good that price drops are coming, but its still not competitive with Phenom II 940...I'm still using that for my friend's next build.
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    The Schnoz , March 20, 2009 9:59 PM
    Hmmm, Intel announces price drop on April 19th, right after AMD announced their 3.2 GHz Phenom II X4 955 to drop on April 20th. Competition is a very good thing.
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    Daller , March 20, 2009 10:43 PM
    What's up with Pentium Dual-Core E6300? Not long ago I owned a Core 2 Duo E6300? Intel running out of fancy numbers?
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    Anonymous , March 20, 2009 11:41 PM
    Seems like a bit of desperation, especially since they're trying to revoke AMDs x86 license right now. Intellectual property laws need an overhaul, things like code and electrical engineering weren't even conceived of when these laws were first written, we'd be so much better off if Intel wasn't holding the computer world for ransom with their stupid x86 patents. I for one, won't buy another Intel product, ever.
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    Nintendork , March 20, 2009 11:44 PM
    Intel has no chance against Phenom II. At least for the price of the platform, just bury your oldie 775 and bring the i5.

    It's just stupid to pay so much for the "premium" of energy efficiency.

    Q9300 2.5Ghz $213
    Q8200 2.33Ghz $213
    PII 940 3ghz $210~

    E7300 $113
    PII 710 $124

    No chance in hell.
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    Nintendork , March 20, 2009 11:48 PM
    You're right, x86 need to be opened. If intel fear AMD's comeback, they scream in pain with future ARM(no pun intended) offers in netbooks.

    That and their monopolistic ways imposing their cpu's to vendors, and also you can see that in the educational world. Seeing an AMD cpu in that places is like trying to see a Dodo dancing lambada with Tazmanian Tigers.
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    falchard , March 21, 2009 12:26 AM
    I was about to say the same think Nintendork. When you compare performance and price, they needed to reduce the Q9550 to $230, yet its $100 over that.
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    Anonymous , March 21, 2009 1:03 AM
    If Intel will cut AMD the entrance to x86, they might get it from Via.
    And if they don't they will need to come up with another architecture, which might be similar to better.
    Then AMD will become totally independent on intel,and Intel might shoot itself in the leg; especially if there will be companies providing support for this newer technology.

    Besides, AMD theoretically is still allowed to run x86 in simulation,without paying Intel a single penny.

    If AMD starts working together with via or samsung on a CPU architecture, they could deny Intel connection to the architecture as well!

    So as long as AMD will be strong enough to survive, it can do more damage then you'd expect to Intel.
    Plus, it might get rid of Microsoft as well, by using a Linux based operating system, something MS would probably never do.

    But a market like this is no longer a healthy competitive market, but more like a market to promote monopoly, something absolutely forbidden in Europe. So the European market will take notice, and probably bring it to court.
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    megabuster , March 21, 2009 3:00 AM
    NintendorkIntel has no chance against Phenom II. At least for the price of the platform, just bury your oldie 775 and bring the i5.It's just stupid to pay so much for the "premium" of energy efficiency.Q9300 2.5Ghz $213Q8200 2.33Ghz $213PII 940 3ghz $210~E7300 $113PII 710 $124No chance in hell.

    Why bury my 775 when Q9400 for $ overclocks to 4.0Ghz on air and whoops your Phenom II butt? I bet you can't do that with AMD without liquid cooling and 1.6+V. And clock for clock Q9XXX beats any Phenom II.
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    Silluete , March 21, 2009 4:27 AM
    megabusterWhy bury my 775 when Q9400 for $ overclocks to 4.0Ghz on air and whoops your Phenom II butt? I bet you can't do that with AMD without liquid cooling and 1.6+V. And clock for clock Q9XXX beats any Phenom II.

    Dude not everyone overclock they pc. That's the one separate enthusiast from mainstream.
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    zedx , March 21, 2009 6:18 AM
    So does that mean the i7 940 at ~300$? I'd buy an i5 940 if it's available at that price point. I wish someone could do some benchies with GCC 4.3 and Core 2's P II's and core i7 's with SSE 4 and SSE 3, that would be nice for a linux user like me who compiles things. Since P II support's very little of SSE 4 and has it's own separate commands, it'd be nice to see how it turns out. Maybe then I can recommend Intel to someone for it's SSE 4 and power efficiency?
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    hustler539 , March 21, 2009 7:17 AM
    I would like to see a price drop on the E8600/E8500
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    midnightgun , March 21, 2009 8:46 AM
    Pentium Dual-Core E6300 is listed twice
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    eklipz330 , March 21, 2009 4:15 PM
    although a lot of you are praising the phenom, don't forget the art of conformity...

    and don't forget the fact a bajillion people have lga775 sockets.. ;]

    maybe my next computer will be amd, if this price pwnge continues
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    Nintendork , March 21, 2009 6:10 PM
    Athlon X4 will be dirt cheap.
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    Topcover , March 21, 2009 8:12 PM
    all intel needs to do is release a cheap i7 motherboard and things will even out whether or not they will do that remains to b seen
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