Intel to take on AMD at the very low end
AMD slashed prices across its dual-core processor lineup last week, cramming a number of its dual-core chips under the $100 mark. The Athlon 64 X2 4000+ is available for $69.99 at Newegg, for instance, and the Athlon 64 X2 3600+ can be nabbed for just $61.50 at Mwave.
According to a report by DigiTimes, this bargain basement pricing trend has caused Intel to modify its roadmap slightly. The company originally intended to discontinue its Core-based Pentium E2140 chip and lower the price of the speedier Pentium E2160 to $74 in August, effectively replacing the former with the latter. Intel reportedly still wants to cut the E2160's price to $74, but DigiTimes says the E2140 will now live on with a price tag of just $64. This price cut is reportedly scheduled to take effect on August 26.