CPU chess match continues, Intel makes its move

CPU chess match continues, Intel makes its move

AMD already dropped its CPU prices this week to give it some leverage against Intel's technologically superior Core 2 Duo chips. But with Core 2 Duo officially launching today, Intel follows with its own price move on its old Pentium D 900 series and other older dual-core chips. There are some drastic moves here, most notably the Pentium D 960, whose price was cut in half. It's still more expensive than the faster AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ , however (and the same as the Core 2 Duo E6600, which conceivably could beat them both).

AMD Old price New price
Athlon 64 FX-62 $999 $827
Athlon 64 X2 5000+ $649 $301
Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (65 watt) $561 $276
Athlon 64 X2 4600+ $522 $240
Athlon 64 X2 4200+ $389 $215
Athlon 64 X2 4200+ $339 $187
Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (65 watt) $310 $176
Athlon 64 X2 3800+ $277 $152
Athlon 64 3800+ $246 $112
Athlon 64 3500+ $161 $91
Athlon 64 3200+ $130 $81

Intel Old price New price
Core 2 Duo X6800 $999 same
Core 2 Duo E6700 $530 same
Core 2 Duo E6600 $316 same
Core 2 Duo E6400 $224 same
Core 2 Duo E6300 $183 same
Pentium D 960 $605 $316
Pentium D 950 $316 $224
Pentium D 945 NA $163
Pentium D 940 $224 $183
Pentium D 930 $178 same
Pentium D 920 $178 same
Pentium D 915 $199 $133


The bottom line is that Core 2 Duo is having an obvious trickle-down effect. We hope the desktop vendors will pass on the savings, and we'll start to see some surprisingly powerful systems that are also cheap.
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