Intel and possibly AMD are lowering processor prices
Announced last week and now the time has come. As of today, Intel is reducing processor prices by up to 24%, thus indirectly preparing the launch of the P4 3.06GHz. It will certainly be a few days before the price reductions take effect in retail.
And if you believe the rumored large kitchen The Inquirer, AMD will also counter this with massive price reductions in the foreseeable future. The amazing thing here seems to be that if the prices turn out to be truthful, the new prices will be linked to Intel's Celeron. Does the CPU, which we have declared to be quite lame, ultimately appear to be such a big competitor in the OEM sector? It should be tempting for a system integrator to install a 2GHz Celeron CPU for just under $ 100 and thus undercut the 'competing system' with the Athlon XP 2000+ by just under $ 55. Very few buyers are likely to be aware that the processor only achieves a fraction of the performance of AMD in practice. However, the price reduction could also prepare the introduction of the Clawhammer in order to be able to market the Athlon XP as a low-cost CPU and sell the hammer as a high-end processor.
However, when and whether this price reduction will come into effect at all is up to now not known.