AMD slashes Opteron prices


It looks like AMD wasn't quite done with its price cuts two weeks ago: the company has turned its attention to the Opteron line, which has now undergone some fairly dramatic cuts.

Model

Speed Sockets Old price New price
Opteron 8220 SE 2.8GHz 8 $2,649 $2,149
Opteron 8218 2.6GHz 8 $2,149 $1,514
Opteron 8216 2.4GHz 8 $1,514 $1,165
Opteron 8214 2.2GHz 8 $1,165 $873
Opteron 8212 2.0GHz 8 $873 $698
Opteron 8216 HE 2.4GHz 8 $1,832 $1,340
Opteron 8214 HE 2.2GHz 8 $1,340 $1,019
Opteron 8212 HE 2.0GHz 8 $1,019 $786
Opteron 2220 SE 2.8GHz 2 $1,165 $786
Opteron 2218 2.6GHz 2 $873 $611
Opteron 2216 2.4GHz 2 $698 $450
Opteron 2214 2.2GHz 2 $523 $377
Opteron 2212 2.0GHz 2 $377 $255
Opteron 2210 1.8GHz 2 $255 $209
Opteron 2216 HE 2.4GHz 2 $786 $531
Opteron 2214 HE 2.2GHz 2 $611 $414
Opteron 2212 HE 2.0GHz 2 $450 $316
Opteron 2210 HE 1.8GHz 2 $316 $232
AMD finally stuck some price tags on its Socket AM2-bound Opteron 1000 lineup, too. The chips are priced from $154 for the 1.8GHz 1210 model to $611 for the 2.6GHz top-of-the-line. News of the cuts comes just as Mercury Research publishes results saying AMD lost ground to Intel on the server front in the third quarter. According to Intel's price list (PDF), Xeon 5100-series "Woodcrest" chips start at $209 with the 2.33GHz 5110 model and go up to $851 for the 3.00GHz Xeon 5160.

Incidentally, AMD's new pricing gives an idea of what upcoming 4x4 dual-processor kits might cost. Since rumor has it Intel's quad-core "Kentsfield" chip will launch at $999, AMD may be able to undercut Intel slightly with a pair of 2.4GHz processors for $900.

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