Core 2 Quad price cuts coming next Monday?


— 12:15 PM on January 15, 2009

Yesterday, we heard that Intel could cut prices shortly after announcing its latest financial results this week. Well, according to an anonymous tipster who's been right on at least one occasion, price cuts are indeed coming—they'll hit on Monday, January 19, and they'll affect Intel's line of Core 2 Quad processors.

Here are the affected chips with their specifications, current volume prices from Intel's price list, and purported post-cut prices:

Processor Speed L2 cache FSB Price today Price 1/19?
Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.00GHz 12MB 1333MHz $530 ~$322
Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz 12MB 1333MHz $316 ~$267
Core 2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz 6MB 1333MHz $266 ~$217
Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.50GHz 4MB 1333MHz $224 ~$194
Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz 4MB 1333MHz $193 ~$163

The cuts will also hit equivalent Xeon X3300-series processors, our source claims. If this information is accurate, AMD will in all likelihood have to follow suit by slashing Phenom II prices. The Phenom II 920 and 940 Black Edition are currently priced slightly higher than their respective Intel rivals, the Core 2 Quad Q8300 and Q9400. AMD would have to drag both of its CPUs down around the $200 mark to stay competitive.

   
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