AMD raises Opteron 100 series prices

— 1:50 AM on August 4, 2005

Two days ago, AMD announced that its Opteron 100 series would now be available in Socket 939 package and no longer require registered DIMMs. And there was much rejoicing. Then AMD went and raised prices on a number of Opteron 100 series processors.

On Monday, after AMD had cut prices across a number of its processor families, including the Opteron 2xx and 8xx series, the Opteron 152 chip was priced at $417. Today, it costs $799.

The 150 and 148 saw similar price jumps: from $278 to $367 (a 32 per cent increase) and from $218 to $263 (20.6 per cent), respectively. The 146's price rose a more modest 2.8 per cent, from $178 on Monday to $183 on Tuesday.

To be fair, the fact that the Opteron 100 series now supports unbuffered DIMMs should save customers some money, but no one likes to see price hikes. AMD's dual-core Opteron 165 and 175 chips will reportedly arrive this month and sell for $417 and $530, respectively. Compared with Athlon 64 X2 processors with the same clock speeds, those prices should actually be pretty reasonable.
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