Intel adds Core 2 Quad Q8400, cuts some prices

Look out, Phenoms: there's a new kid on the block. Intel has quietly introduced the Core 2 Quad Q8400, a $183 quad-core processor with a 2.66GHz clock speed, 4MB of L2 cache, and a 1333MHz front-side bus. In essence, this looks to be a cheaper, slightly stripped-down version of the Core 2 Quad Q9400 that's been selling for $220 or so these past few months. The only apparent differences are that the more expensive option has an extra meg of cache per dual-core die and virtualization support.

What does that mean for AMD? The Q9400 and Phenom II X4 940 are neck-and-neck in terms of performance, so introducing a cheaper yet almost equivalent processor may force AMD to cut prices. Perhaps that's why we saw the X4 940 listed for $189.99 (and $169.99 after a coupon code) at Newegg last week. For now, though, AMD's processor pricing page still says the 940 costs $225 in volume quantities.

But wait; there's more. Along with the Core 2 Quad Q8400, Intel has introduced a low-power Q8400S variant with a 65W thermal envelope and a $245 price tag. The chipmaker has also updated its price list with new, lower prices for a handful of other processors—mainly low-power and mobile offerings.

Here's what those cuts look like:

Processor Speed L2 cache FSB TDP Old price New price
Core 2 Quad Q9300 2.50GHz 6MB 1333MHz 95W $266 $213
Core 2 Quad Q9550S 2.83GHz 12MB 1333MHz 65W $369 $320
Core 2 Quad Q9400S 2.66GHz 6MB 1333MHz 65W $320 $277
Core 2 Quad Q8200S 2.33GHz 4MB 1333MHz 65W $245 $213
Core 2 Duo SP9400 2.40GHz 6MB 1066MHz 25W $316 $284
Core 2 Duo SL9400 1.86GHz 6MB 1066MHz 17W $316 $284
Core 2 Duo SU9400 1.40GHz 3MB 800MHz 10W $289 $262

On the server front, the Xeon L3360, X3330, and X3320 have also been discounted. As far as we can tell, those CPUs are simply single-socket server variants of the Core 2 Quad Q9550S, Q9400, and Q9300, respectively.

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