AMD said to be preparing price cuts

The Inquirer says AMD is readying some rather substantial price cuts across its Socket AM2 line of processors. According to distributor prices obtained by the site, Athlon 64 3000+, 3200+, 3500+, and 3800+ chips will drop to $89, $99, $109, and $139, respectively. If genuine, those figures will be up to twice as low as those in AMD's current price list, which shows prices of $189 and $290 for the 3500+ and 3800+. The Inq doesn't have any juicy numbers for Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors, but the site does insist that AMD's entire Socket AM2 lineup will see prices slashed.

Such drastic price cuts would likely be a response to similar aspirations from Intel. Late last month, HKEPC reported that Intel would drop prices across its Pentium D, Pentium 4, and Celeron D lines come July 23. Most Pentium D chips are reportedly expected to fall around or below the $200 mark, with the 2.8 GHz 820 model due to sink from its currently listed (PDF) $209 down to $113. Meanwhile, the Pentium 4 line will supposedly top out at $183 with the 3.6 GHz Pentium 4 661, which Intel currently lists at a whopping $401. If HKEPC and The Inquirer have their facts straight, this summer could be quite an opportune time for a system upgrade.

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