It's too bad Intel doesn't have an RSS feed for its price list, because the chipmaker has made a habit of making slight tweaks to that list without telling the public. An updated list went up yesterday, and it includes adjustments to the prices of several low-end desktop processors:
|Processor||Speed||Cores/threads||Architecture||Old price||New price|
|Core i3-550||3.2 GHz||2/4||Nehalem||$138||$117|
|Pentium E6700||3.2 GHz||2/2||Penryn||$86||$75|
|Pentium E5700||3.0 GHz||2/2||Penryn||$75||$64|
|Celeron E3400||2.6 GHz||2/2||Penryn||$53||$42|
The cut to the Core i3-550 is particularly interesting, because it makes that offering almost as cheap as the 2.93GHz Core i3-530—still the most affordable member of the Core i3 family, with its $113 bulk price tag. For reference, the i3-550 currently retails for $149.99 at Newegg. Seeing that processor slip closer to the $100 mark could draw some buyers away from AMD's budget quad-core CPUs, like the $99.99 Athlon II X4 640.
Incidentally, Intel's new price list also makes relatively small (6-9%) adjustments to a pair of low-voltage Core i7 mobile processors: the Core i7-640LM and the Core i7-660UM. Check the full price list in PDF format for more details.