Intel may do a little hedge trimming in its desktop processors next month in order to make room for its upcoming Core i7 CPUs. Both DigiTimes and Expreview predict the chipmaker will slash prices in its low-end dual-core and quad-core CPU lines on October 19.
These cuts reportedly will reduce the Core 2 Quad Q8200 from its existing $224 to $193, while the Core 2 Quad Q6600 will fall $10 to $183—still a little higher than what AMD's Phenom X4 9950 costs now. Intel's price cut will coincide with the arrival of the $133 Core 2 Duo E7400, which will run at 2.8GHz. The E7400's arrival will push the 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo E7300 down to $113. Also, the Pentium E2220 will drop to $74 and the E2200 to $64, both $10-15 below current pricing.
According to DigiTimes, Intel will follow up on November 30 with three brand-new Core-based CPUs: a $224 Core 2 Quad Q8300 clocked at 2.5GHz, an $86 Pentium E5300 at 2.6GHz, and a $53 Celeron E1500 at 2.2GHz. Even more price cuts will come on January 18, when the Core 2 Quad Q8200 will supposedly fall to $183, and the Core 2 Duo E7400 will drop to $113.
Where does that leave the next-gen Core i7 lineup? DigiTimes says Intel will release its first three Core i7 processors in November, but it doesn't specify a date. Previous reports suggest those chips will have launch prices between $284 and $999, though, so they might be well out of the way of cheaper Core 2 offerings.