I believe the price of the Q9650 quoted below is incorrect. It should be around $500.
|The Core i7 builder Intel Corporation has officially made some quite long-awaited changes to its Core 2 line-up. Intel's first move was to cut the price tag of its Core 2 Quad Q9550 (2.83 GHz) by a massive 40% from $530 to $316 (in 1000-unit tray quantities) followed by the introduction of four more processors.
Starting off small, the dual-core E7300, which has a core clock of 2.66 GHz and 3MB of L2 cache, has taken the $133 price point while the fastest dual-core around, the 3.33 GHz E8600 (1333 MHz FSB, 6MB L2 cache) entered the CPU battlefield carrying a $266 price tag. Also pirced ay $266 is the Q9400, a (45nm) quad-core CPU with a frequency of 2.66 GHz which features a 1333 MHz FSB and 6MB of L2 cache. Last but not least, the Q9650, which has a core clock of 3.0 GHz and 12MB of L2 cache, is sold by Intel for $316.
Later this month Intel should also release the 2.33 GHz Q8200 CPU.