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Intel has slashed the prices of its desktop Pentium D processors by up to 50 per cent following the introduction of the 3.6GHz Pentium D 960. The chip giant also cut the prices of its Celeron D products, and tweaked what it charges for Centrino and Centrino Duo bundles.

The most recent round of cuts saw the Pentium D 950's price fall from $637 to $316, a drop of 50 per cent. The 940 now costs $241, down 43 per cent from $423. The 930's price fell 34 per cent, from $316 to $209, which is also what the 920 now costs - its price dropped 13 per cent from $241.

Intel left the 90nm 8xx series prices where they are, with one exception: the 2.8GHz 820 now costs $209, down 13 per cent from $241. That leaves the 3.2GHz 840 and the 3GHz 830 priced at $423 and $316 - both much more expensive than their 65nm equivalents, the 930 and 940.

Intel reduced the prices of the entire Celeron D line-up, both 64-bit and EM64T-less versions, by between 22 per cent and 41 per cent. Like the Pentium D price cuts, these reductions clearly pave the way for the introduction of 'Conroe' in two months' time.

Updating its public price list for the first time since January, Intel also made fractional - 0.14-0.73 per cent - reductions to the prices of its numerous Centrino bundles, including single- and dual-core bundles in regular, low and ultra-low voltage versions.

At the same time, the company recorded at 20 per cent reduction in the price of the Celeron M 380 and 390 - now costing $86 and $107, respectively - along with a nine per cent drop in the price of the top-of-the-line Itanium 2, the 1.66GHz/9MB L3 model, which now costs $4,227, down from $4,655. The 1.66GHz Itanium 2 with 6MB of L3 experienced a ten per cent reduction in price, from $2,194 to $1,980. The 1.6GHz/3MB L3/533MHz FSB model saw its price cut 16 per cent, from $1,011 to 851. ®

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