Intel slashes desktop, server processor prices

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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    • deinabog
    • 12 years ago

    Damn, looks like AMD is done. No way they can match those prices and their procs aren’t even competitive anymore. Someone is going to make their investors on offer they can’t refuse eventually ’cause right now I’m not seeing a comeback from the DAAMIT camp.

      • Randy2
      • 12 years ago

      You said the same thing about Intel when AMD dropped the X2 bombs and Intel countered with the humiliating Prescott lean mean grilling machine. In another 2 years everything could change again.

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 12 years ago

    This would certainly make for an interesting next round of TR’s system guide. It’s been almost 3 months. I’d say get one in before the nextgen AMD/nVidia cards come out and the market is in turmoil again.

      • SecretMaster
      • 12 years ago

      It hasn’t even been 2 whole months yet…
      Come sunday it will have been two months. I don’t expect to see a new guide till June/July

    • Ricardo Dawkins
    • 12 years ago

    I bought my E2140 just a bit early…damn..!

    • MattMojo
    • 12 years ago

    who says competition isn’t good for the market??? AMD may not be the top performer but (until now) you couldn’t argue with the prices —- I built a B2 Phenom system for less than $500 which includes the case, ps, 2gig ram, mobo and a 8600 GT.

    Good for Intel finally dropping prices way down — hell they made enough on us the last year….. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mojo

    • Mavrick88
    • 12 years ago

    Those are some pretty nice price drops. All I can say for AMD is OUCH. Price drops like this across the board will make a big impact on what some people, who are on the fence, decide to buy. They are even tempting for die hard AMD fans like me :). Which is pretty much like telling the little guy, “You can do it! I believe in you!” Hehe.

    • charged3800z24
    • 12 years ago

    When is the showing?….^_^

    Edit: Crap this was supose to be for a reply down below oh well..

    • JokerCPoC
    • 12 years ago

    This is Intel, Lower Your shields, Resistance is futile, AMD will be assimilated. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Prototyped
    • 12 years ago

    Well, I’ll eat my hat. That E7200 really /[

    • elty
    • 12 years ago

    What is the purpose of Celeron 5XX? Who is going to spend $100 on a single core CPU? A Pentium E2180 (2 x 2Ghz) is actually cheaper than a Celeron 560 at 2Ghz.

      • UberGerbil
      • 12 years ago

      The hundred dollar 5xx is a head scratcher. But the $30-$40 4xx line has a big market. I’ve seen hundreds of single-core CPUs at that price point go into Point of Sale systems.

      • crazybus
      • 12 years ago

      Replacements for cpus in motherboards that can’t handle Core based cpus?

      Maybe there are huge inventories of old motherboards somewhere that somebody figures should be used up.

      • Prototyped
      • 12 years ago

      The Celeron 5xx are *[

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 12 years ago

    I so want one, but then I realize that I have no use for one. *sigh*

      • mortifiedPenguin
      • 12 years ago

      Which one?

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 12 years ago

      Any of ’em.
      /me glances fondly at his a64 x2 3800+ sitting on the floor, unused.

        • just brew it!
        • 12 years ago

        Talk to yourself much? ๐Ÿ˜€

        Edit: Oh, you meant to respond to #12…

          • Usacomp2k3
          • 12 years ago

          Yeah well…

    • UberGerbil
    • 12 years ago

    Making room for Penryn….

    • just brew it!
    • 12 years ago

    It’s like the K6 days all over again. Since AMD doesn’t have a chip to compete at the top end of the range, Intel can wage a brutal price war in the midrange and budget segments while still charging top dollar for their fastest chips.

    It’s not looking too good for AMD…

      • flip-mode
      • 12 years ago

      Pluscard will help you feel better – it’s not hemlock, it’s honey.

        • UberGerbil
        • 12 years ago

        Can we give Pluscard and AMDisDEC a topic of their own where they can do the Geeksmack Thunderdome while the rest of us just eat popcorn and watch? It would save so much time on all these other AMD threads.

          • bthylafh
          • 12 years ago

          I endorse this product and/or service.

          • AMDisDEC
          • 12 years ago

          I’m kind of biased.
          The handful of systems I have running are Quad Opteron based.
          Although the Q6700 pricing looks appealing, I’m holding out for the QPI based chips.

            • green
            • 12 years ago

            q6700 was out of question at the previous price point
            but now it’s about 20% more for a 10x multiplier
            decisions, decisions, decisions….

        • sparkman
        • 12 years ago

        *antifanboyology*

        Thanks to AMD for producing such good chips!!

        AMD is the only reason Intel’s great chips are so darn cheap now. And we all know Intel wouldn’t be investing so heavily in R&D without the competition, so give AMD some credit for the high performance of your PC, whatever brand chip it has inside.

        Personally I prefer to buy from the underdog (AMD) as long as the quality is good and the price/performance is similar — within say 10%. But Intel in 2008 has been exceeding that limit, so I may have to buy my first Intel chip since a dual Pentium MMX 233, long ago.

      • UberGerbil
      • 12 years ago

      Yes, on the desktop Intel has been able to put AMD back into the box. Things are still a little less settled on the server front, but Intel is winning back marketshare there too. I was hoping that the ATI acquisition would’ve given AMD a better platform story in the mobile segment, but that hasn’t happened (yet — that kind of thing takes significantly more time). So, yeah, there’s a reason why AMD now has less than $4B market cap. (Which is kind of crazy, given the value of their assets, but they have all the debt).

      • d0g_p00p
      • 12 years ago

      What the hell is a P98?

    • flip-mode
    • 12 years ago

    Aw hell. E8300 is sooooo tempting.

    So what are the good budget mobos to OC a 1333 fsb CPU? I very well may cave under this pressure as I could certainly afford the E8300 and a $100 mobo just with what I’ve already got sitting in my paypal account. I’d love to strap my Ninja to the thing and get it running at 3.8GHz.

    Edit: at the same price point or even withing 10% I’d take the Q66 Over the P98 anyday, and that’s even before contemplating the P98’s power draw – which completely removes any consideration of me buying that thing.

      • flip-mode
      • 12 years ago

      That mobo request was for real BTW.

        • no51
        • 12 years ago

        Probably something P35 based.

          • flip-mode
          • 12 years ago

          I’m virtually throwing something at you.

            • eitje
            • 12 years ago

            yourself? ๐Ÿ˜€

            • flip-mode
            • 12 years ago

            What?

            • charged3800z24
            • 12 years ago

            He was getting at.. Are you throwing yourself at him…..

        • Voldenuit
        • 12 years ago

        Consider the GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L

        $89.99 ยง[<http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128059<]ยง The problem in overclocking that E8300 will be the high FSB and low multiplier - you'll probably need good RAM that will clock above 800 to reach decent speeds.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 12 years ago

          seconded. I have the DS3R version (ICH9R instead of ICH9 vanilla is the only difference) and it’s totally awesome.

            • flip-mode
            • 12 years ago

            Noted, thanks.

    • packfan_dave
    • 12 years ago

    Does anyone else think Intel’s going a little overboard in trying to find a CPU for just about every price/performance point?

    I mean, on the desktop side, we’ve got

    Xeon 32xx – workstation/1S server quad cores
    Core 2 Quad QX-series – ultra-high-end quad cores
    Core 2 Duo Q6xxx/Q9xxx – mainstream/high-end quad cores
    Core 2 Duo E6xxx/E8xxx – high-end/upper-midrange dual cores
    Core 2 Duo E4xxx/E7xxx – lower midrange dual cores
    Pentium E2xxx – budget dual cores
    Celeron E1xxx – ultra-budget dual cores
    Celeron 4xx/5xx – budget single cores

      • UberGerbil
      • 12 years ago

      Because…. choice is bad?

      Confusing, maybe, but only to those of us who price and buy processors independently, and the OEMs who build machines for everybody else. And I think we both can handle it.

      Processors are a commodity with a price/demand curve. The more offerings Intel has, the better it can fit that curve, and the more marginal dollars it extracts from the customer. Of course at some point the expense of creating and managing all those SKUs exceeds that marginal dollar amount, which is why we don’t have processor models at every 100MHz increment.

      • kvndoom
      • 12 years ago

      Hell, are video cards that much different anymore? Pick an 8800, 8600, 8500, or 8400, then tack on your GTX, GT, GS, GLE, and on and on…

        • packfan_dave
        • 12 years ago

        That’s why I gave up and use the Xbox 360 for video games…

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