AMD, Intel cut processor prices

— 2:59 AM on February 25, 2003

DigiTimes is covering the latest price cuts from AMD and Intel, which could make the next upgrade that much more tempting. In some cases, AMD and Intel's processor prices directly mirror each other. For example, the Pentium 4 2.8GHz and Athlon XP 2800+ are both priced at $375. The Pentium 4 2.66/2.6GHz and Athlon XP 2600+ share a $241 price tag, too, and Intel's fastest Pentium 4 3.06GHz is only a dollar more expensive than AMD's latest Athlon XP 3000+.

Of course, the real bargains are at the low end of the AMD line. The Athlon XP 1700+ is priced at only $54, while the 2100+ is only $93. With prices like that, who needs Durons and Celerons?

Intel and AMD have also cut prices on Xeon and Athlon MP processors, and Intel is now offering a 3.06GHz version of the Xeon. Again, the fastest available Athlon MP processors are priced at virtually the same level and Intel's comparable Xeons, at least as far as PR ratings and MHz are concerned. With SMP-capable Athlon MPs, AMD still undercuts Intel with its slowest Athlon MPs, but doesn't have anything beyond an Athlon MP 2600+ to compete with Intel's 2.8 and 3.06GHz Xeons.

At least as far as high-end and mid-range processors are concerned, it looks like AMD's price advantage is slipping away.

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