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Intel & AMD Cut The Processor’s Prices

Following the release of two variants of dual and quad core processors (CPU) this Monday last , A new set of CPUs are lined up for release by the end of this month. Here’s a quick round-up of things to come according to industrial sources:

Product Additions

  • A cost-effective Core 2 Quad, model Q8200 with 4 MB of total L2 cache, 2.33 GHz of clock speed, price of US$224 in thousand-unit tray quantities
  • A value segment Pentium Dual Core E5200, 2.50 GHz priced at $84
  • Another value segment 65nm Conroe-L-based Celeron 450 CPU at 2.20GHz and price-tag of $53

Pricing Changes

Prices for certain products are subject to change in the month of October, noted sources.
The Q8200 drops from US$224 to US$203

  • Q6600 prices drop from US$193 to US$183
  • Core 2 Duo E7300 from US$133 to US$113
  • Pentium Dual Core E2220 from US$84 to US$74
  • Pentium E2200 from US$74 to US$64

In the third quarter of this year, Intel’s 45m Core 2 Quad CPU series will account for 6% of the company’s total desktop CPU shipments, while 45nm Core 2 Duo E8000 and E7000 series will account for around 16% and 13%, respectively. 45nm Pentium E5000 series will account for less than 2% and Atom 200 series only 3%.

Intel also plans to launch three Core i7 CPUs (Nehalem, Bloomfield core), a 3.2GHz extreme-level, a 2.93GHz performance-level and 2.66GHz mainstream-level, which will be priced at US$999, US$562 and US$284 in thousand-unit tray quantities and launch within the September thru October time-frame tentatively.

After Intel slashed the prices of several dual and quad core processors in the beginning of the week, today AMD informed it is tweaking the prices of three Phenom CPUs, too :

  • 2.1GHz clocked triple core Phenom X3 8450, going down from $125 to $104.
  • 2.2GHz Phenom X4 9550 lowering down from $175 to $154.
  • 2.6GHz X4 9850 Black Edition down from $205 to $194.

All the AMD processors prices are for 1000-unit tray quantities.

Source : DigitimesTechConnect Magazine

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