Pentium D, Pentium 4, Celeron D prices slashed

As Intel gears up to officially launch its Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme
processors later today, the company has updated
its price list (PDF)
with some substantial cuts for the Pentium D,
Pentium 4, and Celeron D lines. The top-of-the-line Pentium D 960 has
plummeted down from $530 to $316, and the remainder of the Pentium D 9xx
chips are at $224 or below. Here’s what the new pricing looks like when
put up against AMD’s latest price cuts and the Core 2 Duo line:

Intel Price AMD
Core
2 Duo E6700
(2.67GHz/4MB)
$530

Pentium
D 840 (3.2GHz/1MB)
$423

Core
2 Duo E6600
(2.40GHz/4MB)
$316

Pentium
D 960 (3.6GHz/2MB)
$316

Pentium
D 830 (3.0GHz/1MB)
$316

$301 Athlon
64 X2 5000+
(2.6GHz/512KB)

$240 Athlon
64 X2
4600+
(2.4GHz/512KB)
Core
2 Duo
E6400
(2.13GHz/2MB)
$224

Pentium
D 950 (3.4GHz/2MB)
$224

$187 Athlon
64 X2
4200+
(2.2GHz/512KB)
Core
2 Duo E6300
(1.86GHz/2MB)
$183

Pentium
D 940 (3.2GHz/2MB)
$183

Pentium
D 930 (3.0GHz/2MB)
$178

Pentium
D 920 (2.8GHz/2MB)
$178

Pentium
D 945 (3.4GHz/2MB)
$163

$152 Athlon
64 X2
3800+
(2.0GHz/512KB)
Pentium
D 915 (2.8GHz/2MB)
$133

Pentium
D 820 (2.8GHz/1MB)
$113

Pentium
D 805 (2.66GHz/1MB)
$93

At $316, the Pentium D 960 doesn’t stand much of a chance against the
Core 2 Duo E6600 according to our benchmarks. Intel
could turn a few heads in the sub-$200 range, though: the Pentium D
945—essentially a Pentium D 950 without Intel’s Virtualization
Technology—might be an interesting alternative to the Athlon 64 X2
3800+. Intel also has AMD beaten on the very low-end with the Pentium D
920, 820, and 805 chips, against which AMD has no dual-core offering to
compete.

While Intel’s dual-core price cuts may appeal to some, the Pentium 4
cuts aren’t all that attractive. Only the Pentium 4 6×1 series and a
couple of Pentium 4 5×1 chips received cuts, and they still top out at
$183 for the 3.6GHz Pentium 4 661. The Celeron D line has been squeezed
even lower than before, though, with the flagship 3.33GHz Celeron D
356 now only $74.

Finally, Intel did also apply some very minor cuts to its Core Duo line,
but none of them seem to exceed $1.

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yuhong
yuhong
13 years ago

Unfortunately, neither the 915 or 925 chipsets support any dual-cores.

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