Core 2, Pentium prices get a trim

You weren't expecting Intel to sit idly by while AMD kept unloading cheap Phenom IIs, were you? Because it totally didn't. Without fanfare yesterday, Intel updated its price list with new figures for several Core 2 Quads, plus a handful of Core 2 and Core 2-derived dual-core processors.

Here's a breakdown of the affected CPUs, their specifications, their previous prices, and the new prices from the official list:

Processor Speed L2 cache FSB TDP Old price New price
Core 2 Quad Q9400 2.66GHz 6MB 1333MHz 95W $213 $183
Core 2 Quad Q9300 2.50GHz 6MB 1333MHz 95W $213 $183
Core 2 Quad Q8400 2.66GHz 4MB 1333MHz 95W $183 $163
Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.50GHz 4MB 1333MHz 95W $183 $163
Core 2 Quad Q9400S 2.66GHz 6MB 1333MHz 65W $277 $245
Core 2 Quad Q8400S 2.66GHz 4MB 1333MHz 65W $245 $213
Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93GHz 3MB 1066MHz 65W $133 $113
Pentium E6300 2.80GHz 2MB 1066MHz 65W $84 $81
Pentium E5400 2.70GHz 2MB 800MHz 65W $84 $74
Pentium E5300 2.60GHz 2MB 800MHz 65W $74 $64
Celeron E1500 2.20GHz 512KB 800MHz 65W $53 $43

What does this mean for AMD? The Core 2 Quad Q9400 show now become almost as cheap as its direct rival, the $175 Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition, while the slightly slower Q8400 will undercut it a tad. In the budget arena, the Pentium E6300 should similarly enter the same neighborhood as the $79 Athlon II X2 250. The E6300 is generally a tad faster, though, so the slight premium might be easier to justify.

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