Early Pricing Unveiled
Now that Shanghai has given us a sneak peak at what kind of performance we can expect from the new Phenom II, another important piece of the equation is pricing. And it appears that piece is now in place. Early reports concerning the debut prices of the two Phenom II processors are now available. These prices won't be the same as the prices which will appear at retail, as most new hardware debuts with a price slightly above the MSRP, but they should be close.
The pricing available so far is only for the Phenom II 3.0 Ghz and for the Phenom II 2.8 Ghz. These probably represent the highest-end Phenom II offerings that we will see in January. The 3.0 Ghz Phenom II is rumored to debut at $275 dollars, while the Phenom II 2.8 Ghz will be priced at $235 dollars.
To put things into perspective, Intel's Q9300 2.5Ghz Core 2 Quad typically costs $239.99, the Q9400 2.66Ghz costs $269.99 and the Q9550 2.83Ghz costs $319.99.
If the performance of the Phenom II is slightly inferior to that of the Core 2 Quad, as is predicted, the new Phenom II products would be in a good position to compete with Core 2 Quads. The Phenom II 2.8Ghz would be competing with the Q9300 on price, but its performance would be more on part with the Q9400. Meanwhile, the 3.0Ghz Phenom II should be priced well below the Q9550, but would be roughly equal in performance.