Intel slashes prices on several desktop CPUs, discontinues others

Intel slashes prices on several desktop CPUs, discontinues others

Summary: At the same time that Intel's new Core i7-970 six-core processor is showing up on Newegg, the company has reduced the price on several other desktop CPUs, including a huge cut in the cost of the Core i7-870. The year-old quad-core was selling for $562, but its price was reduced 48 percent to $294.

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At the same time that Intel's new Core i7-970 six-core processor is showing up on Newegg, the company has reduced the price on several other desktop CPUs, including a huge cut in the cost of the Core i7-870. The year-old quad-core was selling for $562, but its price was reduced 48 percent to $294.

Other price drops weren't as dramatic. The Core i3-540 drops 12 percent to $117, while a pair of Pentiums have also seen their prices slashed -- the E6600 to $75 (an 11-percent reduction) and the E5500 to $64 (a 15-percent reduction). A couple of Pentiums have reached their end of life: The E6300 and E7400. In addition, the Celeron E3200 has been discontinued, though the Celeron brand manages to stay alive.

Is the i7-870 now a good deal, or would you rather have a newer Intel -- or AMD -- processor for a similar price? Let us know in the Comments section.

[Via Fudzilla]

Topics: Processors, Hardware, Intel

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  • Better

    Intel may have the high end but you can get the AMD Phenom II 1090T Black six-core CPU for $295 from Newegg.

    AMD is still a better value.
    Tim Patterson
    • RE: Intel slashes prices on several desktop CPUs, discontinues others

      @Tim Patterson
      I agree with AMD, I currently use Athlon 64 3500+ @2.312g (OC a little natively @2.2) I know it is a little old. But I do all my builds with AMD, won't even look at an Intel.
      Clayman1000x
    • RE: Intel slashes prices on several desktop CPUs, discontinues others

      When Intel pushes the "high end" into the "mid range" with price cuts like these, it wins the "mid range" too.

      AMD can not win with this kind of pricing strategy. It had already tried multiple times in the past.
      Gigahurt
      • RE: Intel slashes prices on several desktop CPUs, discontinues others

        @Gigahurt Well considering that the 870 would be priced to compete with the 1090T which is AMD's highest end Desktop CPU and yet it gets destroyed in benchmarks by the 1090T, I dont see how Intel could win the midrange. The 1090T beats all the Intels upto the 965-980 series in just about every benchmark. So why would you waste money building a overall more expensive platform if the AMD platform is so much faster for the dollar?

        And the lower end dual cores cannot keep up with the low end AMD's these days. Considering that the $99 Quad beats all the dual cores that Intel makes and sits below the low end i series Quad's that Intel makes, they can't win in that price point either.
        And the K10 Architecture is faster than the Core2 Architecture clock for clock. So the old Core2's really have no place.
        Jimster480
    • RE: Intel slashes prices on several desktop CPUs, discontinues others

      @Tim Patterson <br>AMD's current CPU offerings are not quite as fast as Intel's latest and greatest, but they also cost 1/3 the price. I realize that we now live in a "nano-second" World, but let's be serious, Folks. I build PC's for side income and virtually 95% of my last 30 builds have been AMD. Their 1055T and 1090T 6 core CPU's are really all that 95% of all computer users need, and at prices that should embarrass Intel. For those who simply want "bragging rights", go ahead and empty your Wallets---it's up to you, but for me and the multitudes of others that care about what STAYS their Wallets, we'll stick with AMD's solution.
      warnerpeter@...
      • RE: Intel slashes prices on several desktop CPUs, discontinues others

        @warnerpeter@... But Intel still owns the Photoshop benchmarks, an app where my users do notice. I'm all for AMD, but sometimes you gotta go with the leader.
        deanders
  • RE: Intel slashes prices on several desktop CPUs, discontinues others

    Those price cuts are great, but what is Intel preparing for? That would be of more interest to some of us :-)

    Personally, I'm waiting for a 3.5 GHz 8-core processor from Intel having had trouble with the last AMD cpu that I purchased long ago now.
    eric2820
    • RE: Intel slashes prices on several desktop CPUs, discontinues others

      @eric2820
      Intel is preparing for a whole new line of CPUs that will be released before the end of the end that promise faster speeds and less power consumption.
      dl@...
  • So what?

    I'm too middle of the road to worry much about prices of top-end processors, and the reductions of the lower-end processors are too small to be very significant to the end user. If they are significant, buy AMD

    For most people, almost any modern CPU is fast enough, other things have more effect on system performance - enough RAM, faster hard drive, more efficient motherboard components. I recently built a system with a TYAN server board and AMD 3400+ single CPU that flew... (no, not for intense video encoding) .. I can only suspect the disk handing subsystem was designed to perform
    redking44
    • RE: Intel slashes prices on several desktop CPUs, discontinues others

      @redking44
      For years I used to get the second to fastest Intel CPU. It was blindingly fast and did not drain the pocket so much. I recently took a vacation and had a netbook with me.
      I have now come to the conclusion that I don't need all the speed of the latest CPU's. That netbook did everything I wanted, when I wanted.

      In the future I'll be looking for low power, cool (as in temperature) CPUs.
      I am Gorby
  • Intel ramping up production of new Sandy Bridge CPUs

    Still haven't upgraded your Core Duo or even your Pentium 4 system yet? If you want to jump straight to Intel's latest and greatest for your next PC, you may want to skip the current generation.
    See ZDNet Product Watch 7/20/2010 for article
    mike.rutherford@...
  • RE: Intel slashes prices on several desktop CPUs, discontinues others

    Unlocked the 4th core on my recently bought AMD II x3 and now have a x4 ( all running at 3.0 BTW ) for $74.00 and it's smoking FAST. Why would anyone pay more for Intel?
    eye4bear
    • RE: Intel slashes prices on several desktop CPUs, discontinues others

      @eye4bear
      I also purchase an Athlon II x3, but mine didn't unlock. It's overclocked to 3.5Ghz on the stock fan and sailing right along though. I'm very happy with the performance over the Core 2 Duo I had. Seriously, most users don't need much more at this point in the game. Speaking of games, most don't scale past 2 cores anyway.

      Anyway, I had my doubts about AMD because the last couple I had were flaky. This one is rock stable, even overclocked. I'm not going to touch Intel again, unless I become well off enough to afford a Mac again. I really wish Apple would come around to AMD. The cost savings would be incredible!
      fireball74
  • RE: Intel slashes prices on several desktop CPUs, discontinues others

    Intel vs AMD? for the avarage semi computer literate end user it wont matter, because 9 out of 10 end users don't even know what CPU their machine even has!
    glockmi
    • Agreed

      @glockmi

      Not only that, but 8 out of those 9 don't even know what a CPU is, what it does, or why they need one. And then try explaining it to them - it's usually 10-15 seconds before they get that "glassy-eyed" look which means "I couldnt care less - I think my PC is an appliance". At which time you just stop, give them the bill, and say "I'll see you in 6 months then"... ;)
      naibeeru
  • Possibly Intel has to cut prices

    Intel has been making solid quality cpus for decades. AMD took the consumer market with low priced but quality cpus. To sell more cpus to system vendors and remain competitive with AMD Intel has to cut prices.
    ugluk
    • RE: Intel slashes prices on several desktop CPUs, discontinues others

      @ugluk yes AMD is pushing them into a corner. Because while they have the high high end, they simply cannot compete in any other range of the market. With the release of AMD's 6-cores that have performance of Intel CPU's 2x+ the price, Intel is forced to slash prices.
      Jimster480
  • RE: Intel slashes prices on several desktop CPUs, discontinues others

    "slashes" is too strong a word for the headline.

    Sure, they slashed the price of the Core i7-870 48%, but every other cut was 15% or less. Yawn...
    chartguy