Intel's Rumored CPU Price Drops, New Chips

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.

CPU
Old Price
New Price
Reduction
April 19

Core 2 Quad Q8400 (2.66GHz)

N/A

$183

N/A

Core 2 Quad Q8400S (2.66GHz)

N/A

$245

N/A

Core 2 Quad Q9300

$266
$213
19.92%

Core 2 Quad Q9550S

$369
$320
13.28%

Core 2 Quad Q9400S

$320
$277
13.44%

Core 2 Quad Q8200S

$245
$213
13.0%
May 31

Core i7-975 (3.33GHz)

N/A
$999
N/A

Core i7-950 (3.06GHz)

N/A$562
N/A

Core 2 Duo E7600

N/A$133
N/A

Pentium Dual-Core E6300

N/A$84
N/A

Pentium Dual-Core E6300

N/A$53
N/A
July 19

Core 2 Quad Q8300

$183
$163
10.93%

Core 2 Duo E7500

$133
$113
15.04%

Pentium Dual-Core E5400

$84
$74
11.9%

Pentium Dual-Core E5300

$74
$64
13.51%

Celeron Dual-Core E1500

$53
$43
18.87%
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  • shabodah
    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
    They based QuickPath on a 133Mhz bus, so the weird frequencies will continue.
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  • apache_lives
    whats weird about it? and why care about a clock speed?
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