New Intel CPU pricing

New Intel CPU pricing

Summary: Today, to coincide with the launch of the Core 2 range of CPUs, Intel have updated their price list, adding prices for the newer CPUs and altering the prices of much of their existing stock. So, just how much cheaper will a PC be?

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Today, to coincide with the launch of the Core 2 range of CPUs, Intel have updated their price list, adding prices for the newer CPUs and altering the prices of much of their existing stock.

I've summarized the price change/new prices highlights in the table below (note that these prices are for 1,000 CPU tray units, not individual):

ProcessorJune '06
Price
$
July '06
Price
$
Change
%
X6800 Core 2 Extreme-999-
965 Extreme Edition9999990
955 Extreme Edition9999990
E6700 Core 2 Duo-530-
E6600 Core 2 Duo-316-
E6400 Core 2 Duo-224-
E6300 Core 2 Duo-183-
960 D53031640
950 D31622429
945 D-163-
940 D22418318
930 D1781780
920 D1781780
915 D19913333
840 D423423-
830 D316316-
820 D178113-
805 D-93-
66140118354
65127316340
64121816325
6311781638
5412188461
5311787458

Complete price list can be found here.

Some things stand out quite dramatically, such as a huge price drop for CPUs such as the 960 D, 915 D, 661, 651, 541 and the 531. 

However, when it comes to the 965 and 955 Extreme Edition CPUs, Intel has kept the price fixed at $999. This move mirrors what AMD did with the price of the FX-62 the other day.  Again, this doesn't make sense to me because the Core 2 Duo and the Core 2 Extreme CPUs outperform the 965 and 955.  Just as with the FX-62, there just isn't a compelling reason any more to choose either the 965 or the 955 for desktop applications.  It seems that both AMD and Intel are reluctant to drop the prices of their flagship CPUs - for now at least.

If you're looking to buy or build a new PC, or just looking to upgrade a CPU, there's never been a better time to buy, whether you buy AMD or Intel - just make sure that you buy wisely!

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  • Pentium D and Extreme pricing is TOO HIGH!

    The high-end Pentium D and Extreme pricing is crazy. Even the low-end Conroes beat them by a mile. The Pentium D pricing is even worse than AMD price drops. I can't see why anyone would buy any Pentium 4, D, Extreme or AMD processors over $200. It just doesn't make sense.
    georgeou