Say hello to Intel's first sub-$200 quad-core desktop processor. The world's biggest CPU maker has updated its price list with discounts on four of its desktop offerings, bringing the Core 2 Quad Q6600 down from $224 to just $193 and repositioning three dual-core chips:
|Processor||Cores||Speed||Cache||FSB||Old price||New price|
|Core 2 Quad Q6600||4||2.40GHz||8MB||1066MHz||$224||$193|
|Core 2 Duo E8500||2||3.16GHz||6MB||1333MHz||$266||$183|
|Core 2 Duo E8400||2||3.00GHz||6MB||1333MHz||$183||$163|
|Core 2 Duo E7200||2||2.53GHz||3MB||1066MHz||$133||$113|
The Core 2 Quad Q6600 should now be a few bucks cheaper than AMD's 2.5GHz Phenom 9850 Black Edition, while Core 2 Duos E8500 and E8400 will fight it out among triple-core AMD products like the Phenom X3 8750.
A quick look at Newegg shows the Q6600 already selling for $199.99, while the E8500 is down to
$209.99 $199.99, and E8400 has slipped to $179.99—not quite as low as the numbers in Intel's price list, but then again, the "official" prices pertain to 1,000-unit quantities of CPUs. As for the Core 2 Duo E7200, it's still sitting pretty at $129.99.
Update: The Core 2 Duo E8500 is now $199.99 at Newegg.