Intel to up 45nm Core 2 Extreme prices by 50% next year

Upcoming 'Penryn'-based 45nm high-end quad-core CPUs may well attract an even higher price premium than before, it has emerged. Intel has apparently informed customers that next year's Core 2 Extreme processors will cost up to 50 per cent more than today's models. According to newly released Penryn pricing data posted by a number of websites, November's Core 2 Extreme QX9650 will cost $999 when sold in batches of 1000 chips. That's the price point Intel has maintained for the Extreme line of gaming processors since the family was introduced back in the Pentium D days.

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Why? Because the price went up some so they can do more research to make better processors in the future? Lately AMD has been behind it seems like, and it seems to be due to finances a lot.

I really like AMD, but you've got to admit they've fallen out recently. After building a few computers with AMD, I think it's time to hop aboard with Intel. Though, I don't see myself paying an outrageous amount for the new tech, as I'm not much of an early adopter.

Hopefully AMD will bring out the big guns and bring on some competition. I'd really like to get the C2D/C2Q for cheaper. :P

That's pure marketing (segmentation) and economics (profit maximization) and it shouldn't matter to 99% of Intel's customers. Their mainstream CPU's get better and cheaper everyday.

"That's the price point Intel has maintained for the Extreme line of gaming processors since the family was introduced back in the Pentium D days."

Inflation anyone? The dollar has been getting weaker and weaker too...

Well, but the current chips (Core 2 Quad) are pretty cheap right now.
I don't think Intel see the need for cutting the price, 'till AMD comes out with something better than Intel current chips.

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