Ronald already caught this in the ‘bread, but this seems like pretty big news. According to the guys over at DailyTech, AMD plans to cut prices across its Athlon 64 X2 processor line later today. The cuts are presumably a pre-emptive move against Intel’s rumored July 22 price drops, which are expected to bring the Core 2 Quad Q6600 down below the $300 mark and the Core 2 Duo E6750 under $200.
DailyTech says AMD’s upcoming cuts will cause the Athlon 64 X2 6000+ to slip from $229 to $169 and the rest of the X2 line to don price tags from $149 down. The 4000+ will become the cheapest X2 by tumbling down to just $69, while the 3800+ and 3600+ will both be discontinued. Good news for shoppers, but slightly less good news for AMD, whose only remaining desktop processors costing more than $200 should be the Athlon 64 FX-72 and FX-74. If the Core 2 Quad Q6600 drops to $266 as predicted, though, Quad FX hardware may have to undergo aggressive cuts or disappear altogether.