Conroe to ship July 23, cause massive price cuts?


— 1:06 PM on May 25, 2006

HKEPC says it has yet another Intel roadmap (story in Chinese, translate here), this one giving a July 23 launch date for new "Conroe" Core 2 Duo processors. The roadmap also reveals prices, with the cheapest 1.86 GHz Core 2 Duo marked at $186. The relevant chunk of the roadmap is as follows:

Speed Cache Price
Core 2 Extreme X6800 2.93 GHz 4 MB $999
Core 2 Duo E6700 2.67 GHz 4 MB $530
Core 2 Duo E6600 2.40 GHz 4 MB $316
Core 2 Duo E6400 2.13 GHz 2 MB $224
Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86 GHz 2 MB $183

According to HKEPC's roadmap, all desktop Core 2 Duo processors—including the $999 "Extreme" variety—will have a 1066 MHz front side bus. Intel is also purportedly planning some price cuts for the Pentium D, Pentium 4, and Celeron lines to accompany the Conroe launch. The Pentium D 960 and 950 will reportedly drop down to $316 and $224, respectively, and the rest of the Pentium D line will sink below $200. Meanwhile, the single-core Pentium 4s will supposedly undergo massive cuts, with the 3.6 GHz P4 661 listed at just $183.

If these prices are correct, AMD may have to slash its own prices pretty dramatically in order to stay competitive. Going by our early Conroe benchmarks, not only could AMD have a hard time against the Core 2 Duo, but cheaper Pentium D and Pentium 4 processors could also create some very tough competition for AMD's single-core Athlon 64s and Semprons.

 
   
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