Intel plans new chips, pricing for July
Mere hours after AMD announced the name for its upcoming K10 processors, HKEPC reports that Intel is planning to introduce a new round of chips in July. Along with those chips will reportedly come a shift in pricing that will place the Core 2 Quad Q6600 at a scant $266 (down from $530 today) and the entirety of the Core 2 Duo line—upcoming chips included—at $266 and below.
Indeed, HKEPC says Core 2 Duos with 1333MHz front-side buses, which we've been hearing about since last year, will be priced between $163 and $266. Those chips are expected to have clock speeds ranging from 2.33GHz to 3GHz and 4MB of shared L2 cache. On the low end, Intel plans to bump the Core 2 Duo E4400 down from $133 to $113, and on the high end, HKEPC says the firm will introduce a new Core 2 Quad Q6700 chip with a $530 price tag.