Although Intel has reduced the price on a number of its desktop and mobile processors, the cuts, aren’t as extensive as anticipated. The move probably confirms an aggressive pricing plan for the chip maker’s 1333MHz frontside bus parts.
To achieve the headline reduction of 50% Intel reduced the price of the four-core, 2.4GHz Core 2 Quad Q6600, which now costs just $266, down from $530 – the price of the new, 2.66GHz Q6700.
Underneath the headlines the reductions are much more modest. The Core 2 Duo E4400′s price was cut 15% to $113; the Pentium E2140′s from $74 to $71, a reduction of four%. Thirteen% came off the price of the Celeron D 347 – it now costs $34, down from $39. And Intel now charges 20% less for the Celeron M 520 and 530, which are now priced at $86 and $107, respectively.
At the same time Intel added to their price list: the 1.86GHz Celeron M 540 at $134 and the 2GHz Core 2 Duo E4500 at just one dollar less, $133. But the major roll-out was the 1333MHz FSB Core 2 Duo E6x50 line. This series is priced below the comparably clocked 1066MHz FSB Core 2 Duo E6x00 chips, suggesting Intel wants to drive the rapid adoption of these chips, allowing it to phase out the older models quickly
Via [The Register]