Price cuts and new Core 2 Duo’s from Intel
The three new models consist of an E4400, E6320 and a E6420. The E4400 runs on a 800Mhz FSB and is clocked at 2.0GHz. Like the E6300, the E6320 runs at 1.86GHz but has twice the level two cache, totalling 4MB. Same with the E6420, running at a speed of 2.13GHz but doubling the L2 cache of the E6400.
Currently the new E6320/420 are priced the same as their predecessors, so expect them to phase out the older E6300/400. The entire Core 2 Duo range has also been the victim of price drops. The E6700 was $530 but is now $316. This follows all the way down to the lower end parts with the E4300 being $163, now $113.
Despite the mild Q2?2007 price cuts, Intel plans to aggressively cut prices on its complete lineup in Q3?2007, with the exception of the recently launched Core 2 Extreme QX6800. Under the Q3?2007 pricing, the Core 2 Quad Q6600 falls to $266 per unit, in 1,000 unit quantities. Intel also plans to release refreshed Core 2 Duo processors with 1333 MHz front-side buses ranging from $163 to $266 per unit, in 1,000 unit quantities.
Expect retailers to begin reducing prices in the next few weeks, that’s if they haven?t done so already.