According to the German newspaper "Die Welt", Intel is about to start a price offensive and lower the prices for its PC processors by up to 61%, although dual-core processor prices will only drop by 15%.
The newspaper quotes as sources the taiwanese mainboard manufacturers Micro-Star International (MSI) and Gigabyte.
The reason for this is said to be that Intel wants to sell out the old Pentium CPUs and would give up the attempts of outdoing its market contender Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) through technological superiority.
This sounds strange - all of the last 3 years at least AMD had the better processors, now that Conroe is about to be released and Intel could finally regain the performance crown, a change of strategy to outdo AMd in prices only?
I rather suspect Intel just to clear supply holds of old uncompetitive products they would not be able to sell anyway as soon as both Intel and AMD have better products in stock!
The newspaper article also states that AMD will follow suit in lowering prices, but not to the same extent.
Source: Die Welt