According to the latest news on the Web, Intel could be planning adjusting its pricing scheme as soon as it launches its new Pentium dual-core E5400 CPU. The processor is expected to surface on January 18th and is said to feature a core clock of 2.7GHz with FSB 800 and 2MB cache. Moreover, the part should cost around $84 at launch.
As the news unveiled, the Santa Clara-based chip manufacturer is also expected to announce that the recently released Pentium dual-core E5300 CPU running at 2.6GHz with FSB 800 and 2MB cache will see a price cut. The price of this chip launched on November 30th should drop from the current $86 to $74.
Pentium dual-core E5200 CPU is another part whose price the company is expected to cut. This processor features a core clock frequency of 2.5GHz, while also coming with FSB 800 and 2MB cache. Its price should drop from the current $84 to $64.
Another processor that will surface in the near future is the Intel Core 2 Duo E7500, which will run at 2.93GHz. The chip will also sport FSB 1066 and 3MB of cache, while being priced at $133. The Core 2 Duo E7500 is expected to directly affect the pricing of the company's E7400 CPU, which runs at 2.8GHz and features the same specification. This processor sells for $133 at the moment and should go for $113.
For what it is worth, the prices of the processors will probably sound more appealing as soon as they drop, and those planning to buy a new part may consider waiting until January to do so. In addition to Intel's releases, the company's competitor, AMD, is also planning the launch of new chips, and we may see a price battle at the beginning of the next year.