To ease further discussion, I've compiled some info on Dothans, mostly from these two sources:http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=15176http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/mobile/...416131314.html
Number Frequency Bus Speed Release Date
770 2.13GHz 533MHz Q4'04
760 2.00GHz 533MHz Q4'04
755 2.00GHz 400MHz May'04
750 1.86GHz 533MHz Q4'04
745 1.80GHz 400MHz May'04
740 1.73GHz 533MHz Q4'04
735 1.70GHz 400MHz May'04
730 1.60GHz 533MHz Q4'04
725 1.60GHz 400MHz June'04
715 1.50GHz 400MHz June'04
May'04 prices for Dothans: $637 for 755 (2GHz), $423 for 745 (1.8GHz), $294 for 735 (1.7GHz).
Price drops for Banias: $423 -> $294 at 1.7GHz, $294 -> $241 at 1.6GHz, $241 -> $209 at 1.5GHz.
So here is my guess: Assume Intel keeps the price structure of $637, $423, $294 for the top three processors. If these processors are 770, 760, 755 in Q4'04, we get $423 for 760 and $294 for 755. (Note that the assumption that 755 is "better" than 750 agrees with Intel's numbering scheme.)
A couple of other remarks follow.
You should be able to get 755 for about $300 in six months.
I have not found any trustworthy information on whether 755 will behave like 760 on the Alviso chipset; I guess not. But why should we care, except for technical curiosity? I'm quite sure Intel wouldn't allow to have essentially identical CPU-s with different prices on the market.
Do you have the link to the Inquirer's claim that 755 = 760?
While searching for Dothan info, I've discovered that The Register mostly repeats other sources, not always correctly; it used to be good for rumours, but now The Inquirer is much better.
I've not seen any rumours about Alviso coming out on Monday. Do you have any links?
I have no idea about PCTorque, but larger vendors (e.g., Dell) should cut prices on Banias laptops immediately.