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Intel Corp., the world’s largest maker of chips, has silently published its new price-list, which reflects the most recent changes in pricing of the company’s microprocessors. Apparently, the Pentium D and Celeron D products faced massive price slashes and some of the prices turn out to be really aggressive.

The dual-core Intel Pentium D 950 processor (3.40GHz, 4MB cache, 800MHz processor system bus) experienced the most notable price-drop – 50% – and now costs $316. The rest of the Pentium D 900 family also faced significant price reductions – from 13% to 43%, which resulted in very aggressive prices on the Pentium D 940, 930 and 920 chips - $216, $209 and $209 respectively in 1000-unit quantities. Meanwhile the most recent update for the family – Pentium D 960 – is priced at $523.

By contrast, prices on AMD Athlon 64 X2 processors with two cores begin at $303 and rise up to $645, which means that the Pentium D 950, 940 and 930 are priced very aggressively against the rivals. While in the majority of tasks the Pentium D 930 ($209) is approximately inline with the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ ($303) in terms of performance, the latter offers users some advantages in games, some other applications and also has lower thermals, which means overall quieter computer.

Intel Celeron D processors are now also priced at lower levels compared to AMD Sempron chips: the former are quoted in $54 to $79 range, prices of the latter begin at $64 and rise up to $120.

Intel did not comment on the reasons for such massive price slashes on its high-end and mainstream and entry-level chips, but a wish to recapture market share from the arch-rival AMD as well as necessity to popularize the dual-core processors before the launch of the new micro-architecture this summer are likely to be obvious motives.

Intel Corp. did not comment on the news-story.

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Why would anyone want to buy one of those energy-sucking furnaces that they call the Pentium D?
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I'm all for well made, high quality goods at a low price then tweak all the performance I can; I mean, that's what OCing's about. But it's getting close to the point where I feel Intel's flooding the pipeline and taking an anti-competitive approach. I can understand trying to recapture it's former marketshare, but taking into account how it's going about it, as well as the allegations of unfair trade practices in the current AMD litigation, it does bring up questions. Looking at market conditions, doesn't anyone else feel these price drops are severe? I do admit that, given the new Conroe chips coming out that we could argue Intel is merely eliminating excess supply, the argument fails when considering the 950 processors are a very recent product. I will freely admit I will buy whichever product does the tasks I need the best, I have to question Intel on this one.
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Anyone buying a Pentium-D for gaming will be pretty dissapointed, a 3.0ghz P4 single or dual core is already struggling in games that require alot of CPU power.

The new prices are great, but Pentium-Ds are still only worth it for non-gaming needs, workstation stuff and normal PC use. At those segments, you can usually go for a cheaper single core.
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