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Intel 'Bloomfield' CPU Pricing Reveals Pleasant Surprise

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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