Intel slashes prices on desktop, server chips
Up to 19 per cent
Chip maker Intel has cut prices between 11 and 19 percent on a host of desktop and entry server processors. The company rarely explains its quarterly price tweaks - which tend to happen in the wake of its posting of financial results for the prior quarter - and this time around was no different.
But the nature of the price cuts, which you can see here, suggests that Intel is trying to goose demand for middle-of-the road desktop PCs. That way it can get rid of inventories of old chips based on its frontside bus architecture and 45 nanometer processes, as it readies Nehalem kickers dubbed 'Westmere' for its PC lineup in the fourth quarter based on 32 nanometer processes.
Here's the rundown on the chips that did get price cuts. Pricing is the cost of a single chip based on an OEM or reseller buying them in 1,000-unit trays. Street prices for single units of any x64 chip can be (and usually are) substantially higher than the prices shown.
Core 2 Quad processors:
- Q9400: 2.66 GHz, 1.3 GHz FSB, 4 Cores/4 Threads, 6 MB L2 cache; $183, down 14 per cent
- Q9300: 2.5 GHz, 1.3 GHz FSB, 4 Cores/4 Threads, 6 MB L2 cache; $183, down 14 per cent
- Q8400: 2.66 GHz, 1.3 GHz FSB, 4 Cores/4 Threads, 4 MB L2 cache; $183, down 14 per cent
- Q8300: 2.5 GHz, 1.3 GHz FSB, 4 Cores/4 Threads, 4 MB L2 cache; $163, down 11 per cent
Core 2 Quad Low-Power processors:
- Q9400S: 2.66 GHz, 1.3 GHz FSB, 4 Cores/4 Threads, 6 MB L2 cache; $245, down 12 per cent
- Q8400S: 2.66 GHz, 1.3 GHz FSB, 4 Cores/4 Threads, 4 MB L2 cache; $213, down 13 per cent
Core 2 Duo processor:
- E7500: 2.93 GHz, 1.07 GHz FSB, 2 Cores/2 Threads, 3 MB L2 cache; $113, down 15 per cent
Pentium desktop processor:
- E6300: 2.8 GHz, 1.07 GHz FSB, 2 Cores/2 Threads, 2 MB L2 cache; $81, down 4 per cent
- E5400: 2.7 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 2 Cores/2 Threads, 2 MB L2 cache; $74, down 12 per cent
- E5300: 2.6 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 2 Cores/2 Threads, 2 MB L2 cache; $64, down 14 per cent
Celeron desktop processor:
- E1500: 2.2 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 2 Cores/2 Threads, 512 KB L2 cache; $43, down 19 per cent
Xeon uniprocessor servers:
- X3330: 2.66 GHz, 1.3 GHz FSB, 4 Cores/4 Threads, 6 MB L2 cache; $188, down 14 per cent
Intel did not cut prices on its existing Core i7 'Nehalem' desktop and workstation chips or on its various Core 2, Celeron, and Atom processors for notebooks and netbooks. And with the exception of one server chip that had its price reduced shown above (the X3330), all Xeon and Itanium prices remain the same as they were when the last price cut was announced back in April. Intel is apparently happy with its competitive positioning for all of these chips. ®
Prices were really high for a while due to the poor pound. The processor I bought a year a go had actually gone up in price by about £30. Oddly, AMD's prices had not gone up or maybe I just wasn't watching them as closely.
Anyway, I can't see myself buying another Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad, I'm saving up the extra dough for an i7 which requires a new motherboard etc.
Intel reduce prices where AMD are competitive.
I think prices need to drop on i7 mainboards and perhaps i7 CPU's too, especially when most mainstream applications and much home computer use needs little more than a core 2 dual core CPU. These price cuts are poor incentive for me to upgrade, perhaps others who are already running core 2 duo and core 2 quad will feel the same.