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Old 11-17-2010, 09:40 PM   #1
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Why are Core 2 Quads still so expensive?

I have a e6600 and i'm looking at the prices of the quads and it doesn't look like it's worth buying a new cpu. They're pretty much the same price as the core i7.
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Old 11-17-2010, 09:45 PM   #2
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Probably because they know there are a lot of people that are going to look at an upgrade path with their present motherboard, this works for them no matter what the consumer does.

If you decide to upgrade just your CPU, they make what they want from the older chips, and they're happy.

If you decide to upgrade the motherboard to get the newer chip, they have the possibility of making a Intel motherboard sale as well as the cpu, the high price of the old chip will also act as an incentive to upgrade the motherboard (to use the newer technology).

Just one way to drive sales and maximize profits.
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:59 PM   #3
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If you decide to upgrade the motherboard to get the newer chip, they have the possibility of making a Intel motherboard sale as well as the cpu, the high price of the old chip will also act as an incentive to upgrade the motherboard (to use the newer technology).
also any motherboard, as they all use Intel chipsets.
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Old 11-18-2010, 04:29 AM   #4
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also any motherboard, as they all use Intel chipsets.
I said, "they have the possibility of making a Intel motherboard sale as well as the cpu".
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Old 11-18-2010, 04:33 AM   #5
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Because there is still demand for it.
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Old 11-18-2010, 06:07 AM   #6
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Because there is still demand for it.
Yep, just because a C2Q isn't as fast as the i5s/i7s doesn't mean it's crap. They still get the job done......magnificently. I have a Q6600 and a QX9650 setup and they handle all the games I've thrown at them with aplomb. In fact, they are doing such a fine job that I can't think of any compelling reason to go for an i7 setup.

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Probably because they know there are a lot of people that are going to look at an upgrade path with their present motherboard
Yep, if someone has a good C2D setup but feel letdown somewhat by the weaker C2D CPU, an upgrade to a C2Q would be more cost effective.
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Old 11-18-2010, 06:20 AM   #7
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I said, "they have the possibility of making a Intel motherboard sale as well as the cpu".
You realise that Intel sells not only chip sets, but their own motherboards as well, which one might call Intel motherboards.
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Old 11-18-2010, 06:24 AM   #8
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They are still quite fast.

If you disable hyperthreading on an i7 to bring the # of cores back to the 4 of a C2Q, the i7 is still faster, but not ridiculously faster than a tops C2Q.

More apps are HT-able now though, which is where the extra 4 fake cores boost i7.
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Old 11-18-2010, 09:19 AM   #9
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Things like this are generally based on supply and demand. When a new architecture is introduced, the manufacturing of the older architecture generally is reduced. As supply goes down and demand is still there, the product rarely drops in price.
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Old 11-18-2010, 09:42 AM   #10
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I'm guessing that they are increasing in price because people like me who are running C2D chips are upgrading to Quads to squeeze that little bit of extra life out of their machines before we are forced to upgrade to the i7 or i5 platform in order to play games etc!
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:11 AM   #11
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I'm guessing that they are increasing in price because people like me who are running C2D chips are upgrading to Quads to squeeze that little bit of extra life out of their machines before we are forced to upgrade to the i7 or i5 platform in order to play games etc!
That is exactly what I'm talking about. The supply is low but the demand is still high.
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:12 AM   #12
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I would say go with the phenom X4 965. It's cheap, and they are going to be releasing the bulldozer(8 core cpu's) on AM3 boards.
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:59 AM   #13
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If you don't mind buying second-hand, a Q6600 GO stepping Quad is available for around £100 (about half the price of an i7). Re-selling my old E6750 would get me about £60 back. In my opinion, for £40, It's worth it!
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Old 11-18-2010, 12:07 PM   #14
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I would say go with the phenom X4 965. It's cheap, and they are going to be releasing the bulldozer(8 core cpu's) on AM3 boards.
The problem with this is you are up for new mobo cpu and DDR3 ram and possibly fresh install of your os, the AMD PIIx4 Is not really any faster than an Equivalent C2Q..

IE: A 3G C2Q is as fast as a PIIx4 955 3.2G and very closely matched to the PIIx4 965 3.4G

Getting a secondhand or new quad may be the ticket for PPL with C2D's

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Old 11-18-2010, 03:35 PM   #15
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where would be a good place to get a 2nd had quad core at a decent price.
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