The third quarter of this year Intel will cut prices on its current desktop CPUs and introduce several new models.
The 3.0GHz Core 2 Quad Q9650 will be launched at $530 (in 1,000 unit quantities), and the current Q9550 will see a 40% price reduction from $530 to $316. The current Q9450 will be phased out and replaced with the Q9400, a 2.66GHz part to be priced at $266. The Q6700 and Q9300 will also be phased out at the same time. The Q6600 will live on as the only 65nm quad-core left, and see a price reduction from $224 to $203.
In the dual-core arena, the 3.33GHz E8600 will be launched at $266, and the E8300 will be phased out. The E8500 and E8400 will see price reductions to $183 and $163 respectively. The E7300, a 2.66GHz part, will be added to the lineup at $133 and the current E7200 will fall to $113.