Intel has new desktop processors, lower prices on tap for upcoming months

Intel has new desktop processors, lower prices on tap for upcoming months

Summary: Expect some more new Intel CPUs as well as some price cuts, according some sleuthing from the DigiTimes. The biggest news is the new (but long awaited) six-core Core i7-970, which will sell in bulk for $885 sometime this month.

SHARE:
9

Expect some more new Intel CPUs as well as some price cuts, according some sleuthing from the DigiTimes. The biggest news is the new (but long awaited) six-core Core i7-970, which will sell in bulk for $885 sometime this month. In addition there's a big price slash for the Core i7-950 coming in August -- from $562 to $294.

This month also sees the debut of two other chips--the Core i5-760 ($205) and the Core i5-870S, which is notable for being exclusively for small-form-factor PCs (with a higher price tag of $351). A trio of lower performance CPUs (Core i3-540, Pentium E5500 and E6600) will see slight prices cuts.

The emphasis on lower-end processors continues in August with the launch of two new Pentiums (the $75 E5700 and $86 E6800), a new Core i3-560 ($138), and even a new Celeron (the $53 E3500). In October, there are even more modest price cuts for the modest performers, including the Core i3-550, Pentium E5700 and E6700 and Celeron E3400.

What to make of all this? It suggests the chip giant is satisfied with the pricing on most of its performance parts, as there are no other cuts to Core i5 or i7 CPUs. The emphasis on the low end may mean there's some AMD competition in the budget space, too, and it's notable that Intel hasn't killed off the Pentium and Celeron brands for the desktop space yet.

[Via Engadget]

Topics: Processors, Hardware, Intel

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

9 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • RE: Intel has new desktop processors, lower prices on tap for upcoming months

    Are they gonna do price cuts for others, like the 775 quad sockets?
    datdude42
    • RE: Intel has new desktop processors, lower prices on tap for upcoming months

      The advancements in processors have been amazing lately. I can't wait to see what the next 5-10 years holds. <a href="http://www.inkcartridges.com/">discount ink cartridges</a>
      rctnp6
  • RE: Intel has new desktop processors, lower prices on tap for upcoming months

    I'd like to see that also, but not likely.

    I also have a Socket775 motherboard (Q6600 CPU) but am realistic enough that with Core2 now fading, and Core i3, i5 and i7 haven taken over, Socket 775 is simply a replacement market to be milked. There's a point where the cost of what you have goes UP precisely because it's so archaic.

    I'd rather put the money into a new Core i7-950 based system anyhow, given the price their quoting in the article.

    My primary apps are computer programming & video.
    Wild Biker Bill
  • A new Pentium? For real?

    I can't believe they're still producing these at all, much less introducing new versions of the Pentium and Celeron. I know, I know, there are people out there who use their computers for nothing but email and surfing. But when you consider the cost of all the other computer parts, it still seems crazy to put a hamster wheel under the hood.
    No one special
    • It's still better than an Atom

      @martyh@...

      I'd take a Celeron or Pentium any day over an Atom processor. If a Pentium is a hamster wheel, an Atom is my 9.9hp Mercury boat motor when I try to drive through a shallow sand bar.
      Joe_Raby
    • Socket 775 is dead

      Yes, it's a replacement market. But it's also been replaced.

      Why just sell you on expensive older processors when they can equally bilk you for a new motherboard, and probably new RAM along with it?
      Joe_Raby
      • That only works if...

        @Joe_Raby
        ...the aforementioned motherboard and ram are coming from the same company that makes the CPU, otherwise the CPU manufacturer isnt milking you for anything more then the new CPU.

        And simply milking someone for the price of a new CPU causing them to have to purchase a new mobo and all is risky. It makes budget minded individuals (read in much of the world when it comes to computer parts) tend to look at what the whole spectrum of available components when they are going to get socked for a good sized bill for several components, and it might let a few slip away to AMD who has several good offerings at cheap prices.

        I wouldn't jump to any conclusions that this is like some straight forward "cash grab" due to the aforementioned reasons. Its more along the lines of preventative marketing to prevent market share loss over the long haul by ignoring particular segments of the market. It simply looks like Intel seen where they might be missing a few CPU's in the pricing line up and have taken steps to adjust things accordingly.

        Socket 775 has been a venerable line of CPU's and motherboards that has served well for a significant time. I built 3 computers I still have at home all running Socket 775 configurations of various kinds, and all still quite effective. But time does march on and guess what, if Intel didn't keep the product advancement going at a steady tilt then it wouldn't be long before the AMD fanatic crowd would be rolling on the floor laughing their guts out again screaming at the top of their lungs like last time that Intel had dropped the ball, AMD is taking over for good and Intel can start packing up shop as their management is going to have to file for bankruptcy.

        Believe me, it was only a couple of years or so ago that a bunch of them around here were saying those very kind of things and I expect Intel dosnt plan on letting things get that far out of hand again too soon.
        Cayble
  • I'd like to see what AMD brings us with their price cuts.

    [b] [/b]
    Grayson Peddie
  • RE: Intel has new desktop processors, lower prices on tap for upcoming months

    we (as in 'i') want 6 core for laptops!
    voodoochicken