Deal of the week: Intel's Core 2 Quad Q6600

What a ride the Core 2 Quad Q6600 has had. When it came out in early 2007 with a steep $851 price tag, the CPU was Intel's cheapest quad-core offering. Almost 18 months and multiple price cuts later, the Q6600 has ended up at just $193 in 1,000-unit quantities—less than a quarter of its original price.

To celebrate Intel's latest round of price cuts, we've decided to feature the Q6600 in our weekly deal post. Newegg carries the CPU for $194.99 with free shipping, which is about the cheapest around right now. That's also right in the same league as AMD's Phenom X4 9650, which is more expensive and slower overall.

Sure, you could spend an extra $75 on the 45nm Core 2 Quad Q9300, spend the same amount of dough on a 3.16GHz Core 2 Duo E8500, or wait for Intel to release the rumored 45nm Core 2 Quad Q8200. Still, we found the Q6600 to be an excellent deal in our CPU value article, and it's an especially fine upgrade for folks with older motherboards that may not support 45nm chips and higher front-side bus speeds.

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