Over the weekend, Intel cut prices on its high-volume quad-core desktop processors. Intel trimmed the price of the 2.40GHz Core 2 Quad Q6600 by 16% from $266 to $224, and chopped the price of the 2.66GHz Core 2 Quad Q6700 by a whopping 50% from $530 to $266.
These are the chips that compete directly with AMD's Phenom quad-core processors, the 2.5GHz Phenom 9850 ($235), 2.4Hz Phenom 9750 ($215), and 2.2GHz Phenom 9550 ($209). Intel did not cut prices on the faster--and pricier--Core 2 Extreme processors for enthusiasts.
Intel also added two new dual-core chips, the 2.83GHz Core 2 Duo E8300 for $163 and the 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo E7200 for $133. Prices of the existing Core 2 Duo desktop chips, as well as mobile processors, were mostly unchanged. Finally Intel cut prices on a handful of Pentium, Celeron, and Xeon processors (the complete processor price list in PDF format).