Netburst-based chips to drop in price soon?


— 10:34 AM on February 28, 2007

We've heard a number of rumors that Intel expects to slash prices in its Core 2 processor line in late April, but the chipmaker might trim prices for its Netburst-based chips first. According to an Economic Daily News report quoted by DigiTimes, Intel plans to cut prices in its Pentium D, Pentium 4, and Celeron D processor lineups by 5-10% in the near future. The move, DigiTimes reckons, will be a response to AMD's recent price cuts that saw the single-core Athlon 64 3800+ drop from $101 to $93 and the dual-core Athlon 64 X2 3600+ tumble from $138 to just $102. Intel's Core 2 line only goes as low as $169 with the Core 2 Duo E4300, and Pentium D chips are still priced as high as $142 for the 3.2GHz Pentium D 935. The cuts might also make room for rumored Core-based Celeron and Pentium processors expected in the second quarter.

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