Intel cuts prices on select desktop, mobile processors

Summary:It's that time again: Intel drops the price of some of its slightly older CPUs as they get replaced by newer ones. The results should trickle down to consumers in cheaper systems and upgrades -- as long as you don't mind the older parts.

It's that time again: Intel drops the price of some of its slightly older CPUs as they get replaced by newer ones. The results should trickle down to consumers in cheaper systems and upgrades -- as long as you don't mind the older parts.

Sorry, power users: None of the cuts are on the desktop Core i7 or Core i5 lineups. Instead, Intel has focused on value-priced processors as well as a pair of power-sipping mobile chips.

At the bottom rung, the dual-core Celeron E3400 sees its price slashed 21 percent, and a pair of Pentiums -- the E5700 and E6700 -- had their prices plunge between 13 percent and 15 percent, along with one Core i3, the i3-550. For laptops, the low-voltage i7-640LM and the ultra-low-voltage i7-660UM received a price trim of 6 percent and 9 percent, respectively.

Fudzilla points out that the cuts could lead to some buying confusion, as the E6700 now has the same price as the E6600, and the Celeron E3400 is now cheaper than the E3300. Then again, picking the part with the higher number should provide slightly better performance -- without any additional cost.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Intel, Processors

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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