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Intel cuts chip prices up to 31 percent

Cuts to prices of dominant chipmaker's processor prices are limited in number and degree. Largest reduction comes to the desktop Core 2 Duo E8500, at 3.16GHz.

Intel has cut processor prices up to 31 percent, though overall cuts are limited in number and degree.

The quad-core Q6600 was cut from $224 to $193
The quad-core Q6600 was cut from $224 to $193.

The desktop Core 2 Duo E8500 (3.16GHz) got the largest cut, from $266 to $183 (31 percent) on the new pricing list, dated July 20.

The next biggest price reduction was the desktop Core 2 Duo E7200 (2.53GHz), reduced 15 percent, from $133 to $113.

Other price cuts include the popular quad-core Q6600 (2.4GHz). It drops 14 percent, from $224 to $193. The desktop Core 2 Duo E8400 (3GHz) falls 11 percent, from $183 to $163.

Xeon server processors also saw price cuts. The X3220 (2.40GHz) was cut 12 percent, from $224 to $198. The X3210 (2.13GHz) saw an identical cut, while the E3110 (3GHz) was reduced 11 percent, from $188 to $167.

The pricing for QX "Extreme" processors, such as the QX9775 (3.2GHz, $1,499), remains unchanged from the pricing list published on July 15, when the Centrino 2 mobile processors were introduced.