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.

Comments closed
    • yuhong
    • 10 years ago

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

    • ssway
    • 13 years ago

    Just picked up my E6600 today in Akihabara! =)

    • IntelMole
    • 13 years ago

    I have literally just finished speccing out an Athlon X2 3800 system with a gig of RAM. He wanted the machine for gaming, aside from the ass-whupping they give a Pentium D there, I feel better speccing this as I know it will draw less power and be cooler.

    His budget was £600, and he’s just got a complete box and 19″ monitor for £590. Me, I’d call that a bargain, and I’m intensely jealous of everyone these days it seems, since they have all just upgraded their PCs (the irony is that it was me telling them to wait for these price cuts 🙂
    -Mole

    • Bauxite
    • 13 years ago

    Yay I can probably still pawn off my 805 for at least $50 in a little bit.

    • axeman
    • 13 years ago

    Boy, some of those netbust prices are lousy, especially in light of massive x2 price cuts.

    • echo_seven
    • 13 years ago

    Looks like the Rebel Alliance stuck between the Death Star and the Imperial Fleet up there, on that price chart…

      • indeego
      • 13 years ago

      wtf no TR /quote from scott on the Intel names?

      terribleg{<.<}g

    • stmok
    • 13 years ago

    It tends to become obvious…

    Lower-end = grab an X2 3800+ over Pentium-D

    Everywhere else on the desktop = grab a Core 2 Duo.

      • indeego
      • 13 years ago

      I think a 6300 or better should be the only consideration from this point buying. if you don’t have a PC already, then you are behind.

      If you have one but want to upgrade, that single processor or better should be the minimum to get, just because of the sheer value in the potential O/Cg{<.<}g

        • Hattig
        • 13 years ago

        But the low end Conroes aren’t available until October at the earliest.

        The 3800+ looks to be the best option in the $100 – $200 price point, and if you overclock you should get 2.6GHz on it without too much effort. Also motherboard prices and power consumption are on the 3800+’s side vs. the Pentium Ds around it (anyone else think that there is a confusing number of those processors?). The 945 looks intriguing however.

        If you’re going to pay more than say $250 though, you are best off getting a Conroe, for the obvious reasons.

    • crabjokeman
    • 13 years ago

    Sorry, as an “office power user”, I just don’t see anything to be excited about when I can get a cheap X2 3800 with C’n’Q.

    If an online vendor could assure me that I would receive the more power-frugal C1 stepping, I might consider a Pentium D 940.

    • Beomagi
    • 13 years ago

    I have an 805 right now, but that 945 does look pretty damn enticing. 945 chipset i got wont take a core 2.

    • lex-ington
    • 13 years ago

    From re-reading the EE 965 (http://www.techreport.com/reviews/2006q1/pentium-xe-965/index.x?pg=1 ) review, anything from the 950 and below will only match or be beaten by the X2-3800 on _[

      • thecoldanddarkone
      • 13 years ago

      There are deffinitely more John does though. Hehe. I don’t know though the 820 and 805 look pretty enticing so does the 945 in some intstances obivously. The other pd, don’t unless (like on 939) you have a 945, 955, 975 board that doesn’t support conroe, then it makes a little more sense).

        • Convert
        • 13 years ago

        I wouldn’t mind a 905 at around $100 since it would be on 65nm (so long as it kept the slower fsb).

        Then again you can get ocing boards for 939/am2 that are downright dirt cheap so I wouldn’t be saving all that much over a x2 3800+. Hmm.

          • thecoldanddarkone
          • 13 years ago

          decent 945 boards aren’t that bad.

            • Beomagi
            • 13 years ago

            there’s apparently a 946 chipset incoming that is suppossed to support core 2 at the budget level – should be a better option over 945 if you’re looking to upgrade.

            • thecoldanddarkone
            • 13 years ago

            I am actually looking for hte 946, I said that in another post somewhere earlier, but still. I am looking towards the 946.

      • StashTheVampede
      • 13 years ago

      Damn right, signing this thread. Prices > Featured for 99% of the people out there. If some client wanted to build a box, why wouldn’t I buy P-D at sub $200/cpu? (minus the vendor preferences).

    • derFunkenstein
    • 13 years ago

    Is the 820 an 800MHz part or a 533MHz like the 805? Someone mentioned that X2’s are getting back into AthlonXP territory, but *this* is really AthlonXP territory…

      • thecoldanddarkone
      • 13 years ago

      2.8 gigahurtz 800fsb

      • Corrado
      • 13 years ago

      The $165 845 looks enticing… i just wish my mobo supported it 🙁 Stupid i915.

        • thecoldanddarkone
        • 13 years ago

        same here, stupid 925xe board…

      • continuum
      • 13 years ago

      I suppose I should check on the P-D 915 myself…

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