Published in Processors
Quad-cores go cheap
Intel starting at €128, AMD €99
Both Intel and AMD have dropped quad-core prices in the past several days, making these powerful parts an interesting alternative to €100+ dual cores.
AMD is the first to drop under the magic €100 mark, selling its Phenom X4 9600 for a mere €99. This is a B2 stepping 2.3GHz part, but nonetheless the price is impressive. For €25 less, you'll get one core less, as the X3 8450 clocked at 2.1GHz now costs just €73.90.
Intel is offering its legendary Q6600 for as little as €128 these days and the Q6700 for €158. If you're after new 45nm parts, you won't spend a fortune, either. The 2.5GHz Q9300 costs €185, while Intel's latest addition to its quad-core family, the Q8200, is listed at €177; but it will probably end up even cheaper once it becomes available.
So, good news all around, if only developers would do more to harness the potential of quad-cores in everyday applications, that is.