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Appeared on: Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Intel cuts chip prices up to 31 percent

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

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. This is the second time this year the Q6600 has received a price cut, with Intel previously dropping the price 16 percent in April.

The desktop Core 2 Duo E8400 (3GHz) falls 11 percent, from $183 to $163.

Intel also dropped prices of several processors in its Xeon server line. 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.


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