Intel released its first dual-core Celeron processor last month, bringing creamy smoothness to a new price bracket. The chip runs at 1.6GHz with 512KB of L2 cache and an 800MHz front-side bus, and according to our price search engine, it can be had for as little as $53.99.
With this processor, Intel is actually undercutting AMD's cheapest dual-core offering. Right now, the most affordable dual-core processor in AMD's price list is the Athlon 64 X2 4000+, and the cheapest we can find it at is $59.99. However, DigiTimes reports that AMD is working hard to undercut Intel once again—or at least, it is in the Chinese market.
AMD has unveiled a dual-core Sempron 2100+ processor in China that's priced at 399 Yuan, or around $56. The processor features a 1.8GHz clock speed and is based on the same 65nm process technology as AMD's existing chips. DigiTimes doesn't say how much (or how little) cache the 2100+ has, but unless AMD has reduced it massively, the chip's performance may not be too far below that of the old 1.9GHz Athlon 64 X2 3600+. DigiTimes doesn't say whether the 2100+ is coming to the U.S. market, however.
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