Just as rumored, Intel has tweaked its price list a little in preparation for next-gen Core i7 processors. The latest Intel price list includes three major changes: price cuts for entry-level quad-core processors, the addition of a brand-new Core 2 Duo E7400, and tweaks to low-end Pentium pricing.
More specifically, the 2.33GHz Core 2 Quad Q8200 has dropped from $224 to $193 in 1,000-unit quantities, while the old Core 2 Quad Q6600 has slipped a tad from $193 to $183. Intel has quietly introduced the 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo E7400 at $133, as well, which has brought down the 2.66GHz E7300 model to $113. Finally, the chipmaker has shaved $10 off the price of both its 2.4GHz Pentium E2220 and 2.2GHz Pentium E2200, bringing them to $74 and $64, respectively.
A quick peek at Newegg shows the cuts haven't propagated there yet. The e-tailer still sells the Core 2 Quad Q8200 for nearly $200, the Core 2 Duo E7300 for $130, and the Pentium CPUs at their old prices. The Core 2 Duo E7400 doesn't seem to have materialized, either.