The Register Hardware heard Intel is already planning to cut the price of the unreleased Pentium D 960 in the third quarter of this year:
Sources cited by DigiTimes allege the 960's price will fall from $530 to $316 in Q3, a drop of 40.4 per cent. Intel will cut the price of other 9xx Pentium Ds at the same time - a second set of price cuts to the range, which is due to become less expensive on 23 April, the sources say, adding weight to earlier claims of Pentium D price cuts in the coming months.
Having come down from $637 to $316 in April, the 950's price will fall again, in Q3, to $241, making for cuts of 50.4 per cent and 23.7 per cent, respectively. The 940's price will end up at $209, down 13.3 per cent on the $241 Intel will be charging for it from 23 April onwards, itself down 43 per cent on the $423 the chip maker charges for it today.
The main reason is the arrival of Conroe. This is Intel's new Core architecture based processor, according to benchmarks released by some hardware sites like AnandTech that had a chance to play with this processor at the IDF this new CPU will perform a lot better than the current generation. Intel even claims the processor will have about 20% more performance than AMD's upcoming processors.