AMD cuts Athlon 64 X2 prices again


— 10:17 AM on February 12, 2007

Less than three weeks have passed since AMD's January price cuts, but the company has decided to slash prices in its desktop lineup yet again. These are no slight pricing tweaks, either: AMD's official top-of-the-line Athlon 64 X2 5600+ has tumbled from $505 to $326, the X2 3600+ has gone from $138 to $102, and every other chip in between has dropped in price by at least a few bucks. Here's how AMD's new price list compares with last month's prices:

Processor

Old price

New price

Athlon 64 X2 5600+ $505 $326
Athlon 64 X2 5400+ $485 $267
Athlon 64 X2 5200+ $295 $232
Athlon 64 X2 5000+ $285 $222
Athlon 64 X2 4800+ $244 $217
Athlon 64 X2 4600+ $215 $195
Athlon 64 X2 4400+ $203 $170
Athlon 64 X2 4200+ $173 $159
Athlon 64 X2 4000+ $158 $144
Athlon 64 X2 3800+ $138 $113
Athlon 64 X2 3600+ $138 $102
Athlon 64 3800+ $101 $93
Athlon 64 3500+ $91 $88

These cuts place almost half of AMD's Athlon 64 X2 chips out of the reach of Intel's Core 2 Duo line, which still doesn't extend below the $175 Core 2 Duo E4300. The other half of AMD's X2 lineup is still competing directly with Core 2 Duos, but more aggressively so: the 2.6GHz Athlon 64 X2 5000+, for instance, is now $2 less than the 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo E6400.

Of course, reports have claimed Intel is also planning to both cut prices and introduce new, cheaper chips based on its Core architecture to compete in the low end of the market.

 
   
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