AMD, Intel ready price cuts
AMD and Intel have cooked up some price cuts for the holidays, but the cuts are sure to frustrate AMD fanboys looking for more affordable Athlon 64s. C|Net is reporting that Intel is cutting Pentium 4 prices by up to 35%; 2.8, 3.0, and 3.2GHz flavors of the Pentium 4 will cost $218, $278, and $417, respectively. Those price cuts make room for the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition, which will launch in November with a hefty price in the neighborhood of $900.
To counter Intel's price cuts The Register and The Inquirer are both reporting AMD will roll out a few reductions of its own. However, it appears AMD's price cuts will be limited to the Athlon XP line; Athlon 64 prices will remain unchanged. If AMD is selling all the Athlon 64 3200+ and FX-51 processors it can produce at current prices, there's really no reason to roll out any price cuts to the Athlon 64 line. The fact Athlon 64 prices won't be dropping also suggests AMD isn't looking to make room for newer, faster Athlon 64 speed grades anytime soon.