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.

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CPUOld PriceNew PriceReduction
April 19
Core 2 Quad Q8400 (2.66GHz) N/A$183N/A
Core 2 Quad Q8400S (2.66GHz) N/A$245N/A
Core 2 Quad Q9300 $266$21319.92%
Core 2 Quad Q9550S $369$32013.28%
Core 2 Quad Q9400S $320$27713.44%
Core 2 Quad Q8200S $245$21313.0%
May 31
Core i7-975 (3.33GHz) N/A$999N/A
Core i7-950 (3.06GHz) N/A$562N/A
Core 2 Duo E7600 N/A$133N/A
Pentium Dual-Core E6300 N/A$84N/A
Pentium Dual-Core E6300 N/A$53N/A
July 19
Core 2 Quad Q8300 $183$16310.93%
Core 2 Duo E7500 $133$11315.04%
Pentium Dual-Core E5400 $84$7411.9%
Pentium Dual-Core E5300 $74$6413.51%
Celeron Dual-Core E1500 $53$4318.87%
  • 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?
  • Dekasav
    They based QuickPath on a 133Mhz bus, so the weird frequencies will continue.
  • apache_lives
    whats weird about it? and why care about a clock speed?
  • eklipz330
    i was hoping for a q9650 drop... man i really wanna hit 4ghz...
  • eddieroolz
    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.
  • The Schnoz
    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.
  • Daller
    What's up with Pentium Dual-Core E6300? Not long ago I owned a Core 2 Duo E6300? Intel running out of fancy numbers?
  • 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.
  • Nintendork
    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.
  • Nintendork
    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.