We already know Intel plans to introduce a handful of quad-core processors based on its 45nm process technology this quarter. The chips will include 2.5GHz, 2.66GHz, and 2.83GHz models priced at $266, $316, and $530, respectively. What we don't know, however, is what Intel plans to do with its existing 65nm processors once the 45nm models come out.
According to the guys at Fudzilla, the answer is simple: price cuts. Supposedly, Intel will apply a round of price reductions to its 65nm processors on April 20. The cuts will see the 2.4GHz Core 2 Quad Q6600 dip from $266 to $229 and the 2.66GHz Core 2 Quad Q6700 go down from $530 to $270. Intel will also reduce the prices of its sub-$150 Core 2 Duo, Pentium, and Celeron chips, sending the 2GHz Pentium E2180 plummeting from to just $67 and the 1.8GHz single-core Celeron 430 to a paltry $35.
These cuts could put some pressure on AMD in the low-end. In the quad-core realm, AMD's quad-core Phenoms are already priced as low as $199.99 for the 2.2GHz Phenom 9500, so Intel won't play in quite the same ballpark. That said, AMD's real competition at that price point ought to be from fast 45nm Core 2 Duos.