Intel slashes desktop, server processor prices


— 12:21 PM on April 21, 2008

Barely two weeks after the release of AMD's first B3 Phenom processors, Intel has reacted by applying rather substantial price cuts to a cross-section of its desktop and server processors. The cuts apply to both 45nm and 65nm offerings, and they cover 18 CPUs from the Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium, Celeron, and Xeon lineups.

Here's the list of affected processors with their specifications, their previous prices, and their new prices as of today:

Processor Cores Speed Cache FSB Old price New price
Core 2 Quad Q6700 4 2.66GHz 8MB 1066MHz $530 $266
Core 2 Quad Q6600 4 2.4GHz 8MB 1066MHz $266 $224
Core 2 Duo E8300 2 2.83GHz 6MB 1333MHz - $163
Core 2 Duo E7200 2 2.53GHz 3MB 1066MHz - $133
Core 2 Duo E6850 2 3GHz 4MB 1333MHz $266 $183
Core 2 Duo E4600 2 2.4GHz 2MB 800MHz $133 $113
Pentium E2200 2 2.2GHz 1MB 800MHz $84 $74
Pentium E2180 2 2GHz 1MB 800MHz $74 $64
Celeron E1400 2 2GHz 512KB 800MHz - $53
Celeron E1200 2 1.6GHz 512KB 800MHz $53 $43
Celeron 440 1 2GHz 512KB 800MHz $53 $44
Celeron 430 1 1.8GHz 512KB 800MHz $44 $34
Celeron 570 1 2.66GHz 1MB 533MHz - $134
Celeron 560 1 2.13GHz 1MB 533MHz $134 $107
Celeron 550 1 2GHz 1MB 533MHz $107 $86
Xeon X3230 4 2.66GHz 8MB 1066MHz $530 $266
Xeon X3220 4 2.4GHz 8MB 1066MHz $266 $224
Xeon 3085 2 3GHz 4MB 1333MHz $266 $188

The price drops should put renewed pressure on AMD both at the low end, where dual-core Pentiums gnaw at the heels of Athlon 64 X2s, and in the mid-range, where the Core 2 Quad Q6600 looks like a dangerous competitor to the $235 Phenom 9850 Black Edition. The cheaper Core 2 Duos also ought to spoil things for upcoming triple-core Phenoms to some extent, although it's a little too early to see how these chips will match up just yet—stay tuned for a review.

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