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By | Tony Smith 7th September 2007 09:48

Intel chops mobile CPU prices, intros Core 2 Solo line

Desktop changes too

Intel has confirmed yesterday's processor price cuts, which saw up to 40 per cent knocked off what the chip giant charges for some of its CPUs. A batch of new ones were released too, including the first single-core Core 2 processors.

The update to Intel's price list also saw the addition of the recently announced mobile Core 2 Extreme gaming CPU, the X7900. But the chip company also rolled out a new top-of-the-line mobile Core 2 Duo, the 2.6GHz T7800, priced at $530.

That pushed down the price of the T7700 and the T7500 from $530 and $316 to $316 and $241, respectively - cuts of 40 per cent and 20 per cent.

Intel also introduced the 2GHz T7250 which has the same basic spec as the existing T7200, but a 800MHz frontside bus clock to the older part's 667MHz FSB. The new chip costs $209 - less than the $294 T7200.

New to Intel's line-up: the 1.2GHz Core 2 Solo U2200 and the 1.06GHz Core 2 Solo U2100, priced at $262 and $241, respectively. Both ultra-low voltage (ULV) chips have 1MB of L2 cache and sit on a 533MHz FSB.

The mobile Celeron M line was expanded with the 2GHz 550 and the 1.73GHz 530, in at $134 and $86, respectively. The existing 1.86GHz 540 saw its price call from $134 to $107, a drop of 20 per cent.

The ULV Celeron M series gained a new member: the 933MHz 523. It costs $161, the same as the old 1.2GHz 443.

Little wa changed on the desktop side. The 1.8GHz Celeron D 430 had it price cut ten per cent, falling from $49 to $44, and the price of the 1.6GHz 420 was reduced 13 per cent to $34, from $39.

Intel extended its Pentium Dual-Core range by a single chip, the 2GHz E2180. It costs $84, the old price of the 1.8GHz E2160, which is now $74, down 12 per cent. The E2140 is priced at $64, down ten per cent from $71.

All prices are per processor when sold in batches of 1000 CPUs. Boxed prices will be higher.

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