Yesterday, we heard that Intel could cut prices shortly after announcing its latest financial results this week. Well, according to an anonymous tipster who's been right on at least one occasion, price cuts are indeed coming—they'll hit on Monday, January 19, and they'll affect Intel's line of Core 2 Quad processors.
Here are the affected chips with their specifications, current volume prices from Intel's price list, and purported post-cut prices:
|Processor||Speed||L2 cache||FSB||Price today||Price 1/19?|
|Core 2 Quad Q9650||3.00GHz||12MB||1333MHz||$530||~$322|
|Core 2 Quad Q9550||2.83GHz||12MB||1333MHz||$316||~$267|
|Core 2 Quad Q9400||2.66GHz||6MB||1333MHz||$266||~$217|
|Core 2 Quad Q8300||2.50GHz||4MB||1333MHz||$224||~$194|
|Core 2 Quad Q8200||2.33GHz||4MB||1333MHz||$193||~$163|
The cuts will also hit equivalent Xeon X3300-series processors, our source claims. If this information is accurate, AMD will in all likelihood have to follow suit by slashing Phenom II prices. The Phenom II 920 and 940 Black Edition are currently priced slightly higher than their respective Intel rivals, the Core 2 Quad Q8300 and Q9400. AMD would have to drag both of its CPUs down around the $200 mark to stay competitive.