"Intel recently released the updated price list for desktop processors. Its noted that the next price slash has been advanced by a month, from the end of Q2 to Apr 22. The cut includes Pentium D, Core 2 Duo, and Core 2 Quad, allowing for a larger price advantage to against AMDs upcoming next-generation Star processor. Besides, Pentium E and Celeron 400 will also be releasing ahead of the previous schedule in June, getting back their lost share in full power.
One of the most remarkable cut, Core 2 Quad Q6600 (2.40 GHz/4MB L2 x 2/1066MHz FSB), which has been launched on Jan 7, is planned to be cut from $851 to $530, a 37.7% off. Meanwhile, Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66 GHz/4MB L2/1066MHz FSB) and E6600 (2.4 GHz/4MB L2/1066MHz FSB) is planned to cut from $530 and $316 to $316 and $224 respectively, a 40.3% and a 29.1% off.
Over and above, though Core 2 Duo E6400 (2.13 GHz/2MB L2/1066MHz FSB) and E6300 (1.83 GHz/2MB L2/1066MHz FSB) havent got too much cut in this plan, says from $224 to $183 (18.3%) and from $183 to $163 (10.9%), Intel would like to give a special gift to this models, a 2MB extra L2 Cache (total 4MB L2 Cache). These 4 MB L2 Cache versions, namely Core 2 Duo E6420 (2.13 GHz/4MB L2/1066MHz FSB) and E6320 (1.83 GHz/4MB L2/1066MHz FSB), are going to launch on the same day of price cutting.
In addition, the previously planned Intel Core 2 Duo E6390, which does not support for VT, has been canceled in the future plan.
On the entry-level dual core market, besides Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 (1.8 GHz/2MB L2/800MHz FSB), which has been launched on Jan 21, there is another E4400 (2 GHz/2MB L2/800MHz FSB) coming in Q2 2007 set at a price of $133. On the day of E4400s launch and onward, E4300 will has a new price from $163 to $113, a 30.7% off.
As the marketing replacement of Pentium D, namely Core 2 Duo E4000, has been released, Netburst Pentium D experienced another cut effective from Apr 22, where Pentium D 935(3.2GHz/2MB x 2/800MHz FSB) and Pentium D 925(3GHz/2MB x 2/800MHz FSB) are left only, and their updated prices are cutting from $133 and $113 to $84 and $74 respectively.
The new Pentium E and Celeron 400 are schedule to release in Mid-June. Pentium E2160(1.8GHz/1MB L2/800MHz FSB) and Pentium E2140(1.6GHz/.1MB L2/800MHz FSB) will be the replacement of Pentium D 935 and Pentium D 925. The prices setting for this two are $84 and $74. Also, the prices setting for Celeron D 440(2GHz/512KB L2/800MHz FSB) and Celeron D 430 (1.8GHz/512KB L2/800MHz FSB) are $59 and $49 respectively. According to the testing result from the market, either one could provide a better performance than Celeron 360 running at 3.6 GHz, especially at gaming.
As an Intels expectation, Intel Core products is hopefully exceed 50% of the total shipment during Q2 2007, expecting a crossover to the previous-generation product. Since Pentium 2000 and Celeron 400 family are going to release in Q3 2007, its expected that the shipment share would further increased to 80%."