Intel cuts desktop prices by up to 50%

Intel has slashed the price of a number of its desktop and mobile processors, but the cuts, while deep, aren't as extensive as anticipated. However, the move confirms an aggressive pricing plan for the chip maker's 1333MHz frontside bus parts. The headline reduction is the 50 per cent Intel knocked off the price of the four-core, 2.4GHz Core 2 Quad Q6600, which now costs just $266, down from $530 - the price of the new, 2.66GHz Q6700

The remaining cuts were much more modest. The Core 2 Duo E4400's price was cut 15 per cent to $113; the Pentium E2140's from $74 to $71, a reduction of four per cent. Thirteen per cent came off the price of the Celeron D 347 - it now costs $34, down from $39. And Intel now charges 20 per cent less for the Celeron M 520 and 530, which are now priced at $86 and $107, respectively.

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It sure would be nice if newegg would actually lower their price to the list price instead of raising it randomly. Also, why does it keep selling out at newegg? Who is buying them when the price is guaranteed to get lower really soon?

Wow, don't see people use "per cent" too often. Is that common in Europe, or just a preference of the editor? Or is this simply a "copy pasta"?

humm.. was holding off on purchases because of this... OEM's seem to be charging the old price... Dell wants $650 in addition of the processor that is included by defaults cost... for the Q6600... wonder when they will drop the prices

edit: yikes... looks like its higher then i though from dell's site "Intel® Core™ 2 Q6600 Quad-Core (8MB L2 cache,2.4GHz,1066FSB) [add $600 or $18/month1]"

Well that was rather disappointing. Headline says "Intel custs desktop prices by 50%" and then in the actual article they have only cut one processor by that much, an expensive quad core at that. The rest of the drops seem hardly worth mentioning. A three dollar price cut? Er...wow.