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Tuesday, 31 December 2013 08:38

Intel slashes mobile CPU prices

Written by Nermin Hajdarbegovic



Quarter off select models

Intel’s last price list update this year reveals a number of interesting price cuts on select mobile CPUs, namely Ivy Bridge parts, but also quote a few Haswells.

Starting off in the basic segment, Intel’s Ivy Bridge based Celeron 10xx series got a decent 13 percent price cut for all U and M series models, while the sole Y series model got a 26 percent cut. This is a rather interesting move, as some of these chips are very close to Bay Trail parts both in terms of performance and expected pricing. These cheap Ivy parts are also an interesting alternative to AMD’s Jaguar-based products, as they tend to offer more CPU muscle, but somewhat weaker graphics. All 1000-series Celerons now cost $75.

The Celeron N29xx series got a 19 to 22 percent cut, going down from $130-ish to $107 across the board. This is not bad, as these parts had a pretty good price/performance ratio even before the cut.

The old Celeron N2xxx series also got a 19 percent cut and all parts are now priced at $107, down from $132. However, there aren’t that many takers anyway, as both Intel and AMD have a few more interesting products for that sort of money.

As for Haswell parts, the cuts were not as deep. Most SKUs got a 3 to 9 percent cut. The Core i5-4570R and Core i5-4670R got an 11-percent cut. These are niche parts, usually used in all-in-one PCs, reports CPU World

It is obvious that Intel decided to focus the cuts on entry level Ivy parts, which is understandable given their age. However, the decision to cut the prices of Bay Trail-M Celerons is rather baffling. These chips launched just four months ago and they are still relatively fresh. On the other hand, this may indicate that Intel is planning to phase out all low-end mobiles based on Core architectures and replace them with Bay Trail and subsequent low-power architectures. Of course, this does not apply to the desktop space. 

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