Intel quietly trims low-end desktop CPU prices

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.

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    • albundy
    • 9 years ago

    go go pentium powah!

    • StashTheVampede
    • 9 years ago

    So close to buying uber low wattage quad core machine. It’s simply a shame I can’t readily purchase notebook parts/motherboard without the huge inflated prices.

    • maroon1
    • 9 years ago

    From some reason i3 560 costs exactly as i3 550
    §[<http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115068&Tpk=i3%20560<]§

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      This is why they try not to tell the public. It hasn’t happened yet. :p

      • indeego
      • 9 years ago

      ahhhh binning. And the 560 has SpeedStep and Execute Disable Bit to boot. Definitely the better dealg{<.<}g

        • bthylafh
        • 9 years ago

        Furrfu. You’re seriously telling me that Intel’s using the /[

          • MadManOriginal
          • 9 years ago

          I think he must be referring to Intel TXT (trusted execution?) not ‘XD bit’ per se, although maybe that’s just Intel’s branding for it? I thought XD bit has been in both Intel and AMD CPUs for quite some time though. There are a few differences between vairous Core i3s but it seems to go along the lines of 500 vs 600 series more than anything. See pages 15 and 16 here: §[<http://download.intel.com/design/processor/specupdt/322911.pdf<]§ The i5 -560 does seem to have i[

          • PinkCow
          • 9 years ago

          Nope, they don’t. AFAIK it’s part of the AMD64/Intel64 ISA definition anyway, which makes it kinda non-optional.

        • Voldenuit
        • 9 years ago

        Hehe. Don’t forget the 560 cost $5 more to ship. What, it’s more heavy?

        Newegg nickle and diming people in the fine print.

    • indeego
    • 9 years ago

    Intel lists the E6700 / E5700 / E3400 as Wolfdalesg{http://ark.intel.com/Compare.aspx?ids=42772,42801,42809<]§

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    I wonder how the Pentium E6700 compares the the Core 2 Duo E8500. The E6700 is a few MHz faster… The E8500 is still a thoroughly adequate CPU for gaming and office apps and most apps in general.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 9 years ago

      Last time I looked in-depth at Penryn CPUs the larger cache made an average of the equivalent to a 5% clock speed difference or roughly one speed grade. That was for quad vs quad, say Q9450 vs Q9400 iirc. It is larger for some cache-sensitive applications and nil for non-sensitive ones.

    • Mr Bill
    • 9 years ago

    As a matter of curiosity with respect to timing, does this mean Intel already got the higher prices for systems built in time for the Xmas season?

    • phileasfogg
    • 9 years ago

    where are the Celeron E3400 2c/2t CPUs used? Low-end desktop towers? Is anyone using it to build notebooks? I’ll be happy to tradeoff battery life for performance at this price – I personally don’t care if I need to recharge the laptop every 3 hours. That CPU coupled with a decent entry-level GPU (ati 4350 or 5450) could make for a terrific $400 laptop.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      Those are only desktop CPUs in the chart.

      What you’re asking for already exists in over 9,000 flavors, just not for $400 because that’s the bottom of the barrel and nobody is going to give you a discrete card there.

      Give it a few months and Bobcat laptops might change that, though.

    • Corrado
    • 9 years ago

    Of course I just bought an E5700 this morning. Bastards.

      • NeelyCam
      • 9 years ago

      Return it.

      • tfp
      • 9 years ago

      next time I’m sure they’ll check with you just in case your looking to make a purchase

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