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Old 12-19-2006, 07:12 AM   #1
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Intel to cut cost by 40 percent off Core 2 Duo

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In the past, AMD once won the performance battle with Intel by its innovative and excellent processor micro-architecture, and then Intel got back the leadership by the introduction of its new Core architecture. From this history, instead of clock speed and FSB, we know micro-architecture really does matter to the performance race. With improved micro-architecture, AMD will release its next-generation AM2+ processor in Q3 2007, trying to make a fight with Intel Core 2. For this reason, Intel just released the company’s plan on Core 2’s price cut to maximize its combat efficiency in the battle, in which Intel Core 2 Quad has a noticeable price cut of 40%.

The upcoming rivals, AMD’s Agena (formerly codenamed Altair) and Kuma (formerly codenamed Antares) have already put in schedule to be releasing in Q3 2007. The new micro-architecture has lots of improvements includes : Hyper-Transport 3.0 (from 2GT/s to 5.6GT/s), 32B Instruction Fetch, more precise Branch Prediction and Out-of-Order Load Execution, 4 Double Precision FLOPS/Cycle, Dual 128Bit SSE calculation, and Load per Cycle. Once AMD has told to the market that the new micro-architecture was hopefully will get back the performance leading which is now owned by Intel.

As the threat arises, Intel has decided to take a remarkable price cut to minimize the risk in the market. This plan included a huge price cut to Intel Core 2 Quad and Duo models. One of the most noticeable cut, Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.40 GHz/4MB L2 x 2/1066MHz FSB), which is going to launch on Jan 7 2007, is planned to be cut from $851 to $530, a 37.7% off. Meanwhile, Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66 GHz/4MB L2/1066MHz FSB) and E6600 (2.4 GHz/4MB L2/1066MHz FSB) is planned to cut from $530 and $316 to $316 and $224 respectively, a 40.3% and a 29.1% off.

Over and above, though Core 2 Duo E6400 (2.13 GHz/2MB L2/1066MHz FSB) and E6300 (1.83 GHz/2MB L2/1066MHz FSB) haven’t got too much cut in this plan, says from $224 to $183 (18.3%) and from $183 to $163 (10.9%), Intel would like to give a special gift to this models, a 2MB extra L2 Cache (total 4MB L2 Cache). These 4 MB L2 Cache versions, namely Core 2 Duo E6420 (2.13 GHz/4MB L2/1066MHz FSB) and E6320 (1.83 GHz/4MB L2/1066MHz FSB), are going to launch on the same day of price cutting.

In addition, the previously planned Intel Core 2 Duo E6390, which does not support for VT, has been canceled in the future plan.

On the entry-level dual core market, besides Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 (1.8 GHz/2MB L2/800MHz FSB), which will be launched on Jan 21 2007, there is another E4400 (2 GHz/2MB L2/800MHz FSB) coming in Q2 2007 set at a price of $133. On the day of E4400’s launch and onward, E4300 will has a new price from $163 to $113, a 30.7% off.

As an Intel expected, Intel Core products is hopefully exceed 50% of the total shipment during Q2 2007, expecting a crossover to the previous-generation product. Since Pentium 2000 and Celeron 400 family are going to release in Q3 2007, it’s expected that the shipment share would further increased to 80%.
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Old 12-19-2006, 07:44 AM   #2
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lol beat me to it. But year some really lovely reductions there.

Core 2 Duo E6600 from $316 to $224

Core 2 Duo E6700 from $530 to $316

I mean just taking those two as an example, thats one mega price hit.
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Old 12-19-2006, 08:55 AM   #3
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Hmmm maybe people will want to buy those extreemly overpriced chips now.
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Old 12-19-2006, 09:41 AM   #4
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the Core Duo's aren't overpriced for the power. The E6600 out performs AMD's FX-62 and that one cost 1,100 bucks 6 months ago.
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Old 12-19-2006, 11:22 AM   #5
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i love it!.. i guess i will be upgrading processor soon
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Old 12-19-2006, 12:04 PM   #6
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No upgrading yet. Too soon.
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Old 12-19-2006, 12:13 PM   #7
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Are you really building a monster DX10 machine?
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Old 12-19-2006, 09:34 PM   #8
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Awesome. Unless AMD makes something better, I'll be using Core 2 Duo next upgrade. And then I'll put OS X on it. WHAHAH!
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Old 12-20-2006, 01:23 AM   #9
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Sweet news indeed. Looks like I'll be grabbing the E6700 when the time comes.
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