As we reported earlier this week, Intel has given prices in its processor line a little trim. The cuts have hit the company's two cheapest quad-core offerings, the Core 2 Quad Q6600 and Core 2 Quad Q8200, which went down to a respective $183 and $193 in 1,000-unit quantities. That's not much of a drop for the Q6600, but the Q8200 is now about $30 cheaper.
A quick look at our price search engine shows the Q8200 is now available for $195 with free shipping at Newegg—that's just $2 above the bulk price, and if you purchase one today, you get a free copy of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed out of the deal.
We should point out that the Core 2 Quad Q8200 uses Intel's 45nm Penryn architecture, runs at 2.33GHz with a 1333MHz front-side bus, and has a 4MB L2 cache. Considering the clock-for-clock improvements in Penryn, those specs should make it at least as fast as the Q6600, which runs at 2.4GHz but uses Intel's older 65nm Kentsfield design. The 45nm cores should have nicer overclocking headroom, as well—several users in the Newegg comments boast about getting their Q8200s to 3GHz and up. We think that's a steal for $195.