Intel slashes Xeon, Core 2 Duo prices
Not to mention a Core 2 Quad
A week after trumpeting a healthy second quarter profit leap, Intel has slashed the prices of several server and desktop processors.
Yesterday, with a post (PDF) to its web site, Chipzilla announced new pricing for three Xeon chips, three Core 2 Duo models, and one Core 2 Quad. Sadly, it did not change the name of the Core 2 Quad.
Most notably, the price of the top-of-line Core 2 Duo - the 3.1GHZ E8500 - dropped from $266 to $183, a 31 per cent plunge. The slightly slower E8400 also received a cut, an 11 per cent drop from $183 to $163. And at the lower end of the Core 2 Duo line, Intel lopped 15 per cent from the price of the E7200, a 2.53GHz chip with a 3M L2 cache and a 1066MHz front side bus.
Over on the server side, the company slashed away on three low-end Xeon chips: the 2.40GHz X3220 (12 per cent), 2.13GHz X3210 (also 12 per cent), and the 3GHZ E3110 (11 per cent).
Meanwhile, the Core 2 Quad Q6600 - a 65nm desktop chip - is now 14 per cent cheaper. The prices of all other chips are unchanged. ®
8 core named.
Intel 8 core could name Octa-core (SHORTEN AND SIMPLIFIED )
I appreciate what you're saying but, I already know I want that processor so I might as well wait for the new prices - unless they will be ages reflecting that in retail...
So how long?
Chris O'Shea: "back before there were Pentiums (ask your grandparents!)" - aaargh! you utter utter utter barstool...
The Q6600 is now almost half the price I paid for mine.... but the bonus is that I will soon be able to grab something REALLY sweet for a later upgrade now that the big chips are dropping.
Great - Q6600 overclocks very well
That's great news, as apparently the Q6600 overclocks really easily, form 2.4GHz standard to as much as 3.7GHz using just air cooling - obviously that's very good air cooling!
The original Pentium D dual core was two cores glued together, the Core 2 series is based around the Pentium M processor and is built to be multi-core, not unlike the AMD chips.