If you read Tim's article regarding Intel’s pending (at time of publishing) price cuts and decided to hold fire on buying a new processor until the actual UK street prices were revealed, or if you want to know just how accurate Tim’s predictions were, then read on. First up, the flagship dual-core chip, the E6850 is retailing for about £170, putting it at almost £20 less than a lower clocked E6700, and an unbelievable third of the price of its predecessor, the X6800, although you do loose the unlocked multiplier. For £15 more than a £105 AMD X2 6000+ you can pick up an E6750, which in almost every application will offer better performance.
The now flagship quad core part, the QX6850, will set you back around a whopping £675, but is still cheaper than the QX6800 it’s replacing. Proving just how much extra you're paying for the “extreme” branding are the QX6700 and the Q6700, with the former coming out at £600 and the latter a (rather more reasonable) £340. The pick of the bunch though is the Q6600 at about £180. As we already said, this is the processor we would recommend over every other given the money and choice.
Finally, at the low end, it is now possible to pick up a budget E2140, a 1.6GHz piece with 1MB of L2 cache and an 800MHz FSB, for less than £50. Considering that a single core Celeron will set you back about £35 it seems hard to believe anyone would even consider Intel's entry level range. All that remains is for me to voice the (somewhat inevitable) bad joke that Intel's new lineup really is as cheap as chips.