Intel quietly lowers prices on Core i3-550, others

By on October 18, 2010, 2:46 PM
Intel regularly tweaks its price list with nary a word to the masses, but the Tech Report caught chipzilla red-handed this time. The site reports that Intel has lowered prices on four desktop and two mobile processors. Looking at the latest price sheet (PDF), Intel cut 15% off its 3.2GHz i3-550, putting it at $117. That's identical to the 3.06GHz i3-540 and only $4 more than the 2.93GHz i3-530 -- the company's cheapest i3 desktop offering.

Processor Clock Cores/Threads Sept. Price Oct. Price
Core i3-550 3.20GHz 2/4 $138 $117
Pentium E6700 3.20GHz 2/2 $86 $75
Pentium E5700 3.00GHz 2/2 $75 $64
Pentium E3400 2.60GHz 2/2 $53 $42
Core i7-640LM 2.13GHz 2/4 $332 $311
Core i7-660UM 1.33GHz 2/4 $317 $289

Meanwhile, the Pentium E6700, E5700 and Celeron E3400 desktop chips are 13%, 15% and 21% cheaper, and the i7-640LM/i7-660UM mobile CPUs cost 6% and 9% less. It's unclear what prompted the drop, but it isn't reflected in consumer retail pricing yet, with the i3-550 still running $149.99 on Newegg. However, as Tech Report notes, if that changes, the i3-550 could nab sales away from the Athlon II x4 640 and other budget AMD chips.

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captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Super, when I bought my i3-530 for $99.95 at Microcenter, I didn't think that there would be a way I'd be punished as an, "early adopter". But now, the i3-540 can be had for the same price. Oh man, am I pissed.....! I'm overclocking mad...! Well, maybe a little anyway. Meh, nevermind.


I wish they would lower the prices on the rest.. Basically to compete more with amd...

Guest said:

They don't need to compete with amd there cpu's outperform them so they can charge what they like.

Guest said:

my intel pro/wireless driver is out of work, but i cannot figure out which type i should update.any ideas?

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

Have you seen intel's quarterly's this year. They're doing just fine.

I'll be skipping over to microcenter to pick up an i5 for an htpc build.

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