Intel lowers Celeron prices
Intel is cutting processor prices again. This time the budget Celeron line is under the knife with price cuts as high as 14%. The price cuts drop the entire Celeron line under $100, with the fastest 2.6GHz chip available for only $89. For roughly the same price, consumers can still pick up a Barton-core Athlon XP 2500+, which should be a much faster chip.
The Celeron price cuts nicely make room for Intel's upcoming 2.7GHz budget chip, but they should also divert a little attention away from recent additions to AMD's Duron line. However, the new Duron's tiny L2 cache will likely make the chip a rather unimpressive performer, so Intel should continue to price its Celerons to compete with AMD's Athlon XP line.