Intel's next price cut comes in February
Whenever new products arrive, be they from a manufacturer or from the competition, price reductions have established themselves as an effective answer. Intel's next price reduction will take effect in the penultimate week of February and makes the slower Pentium 4 processors almost a bargain.
Intel will reduce the wholesale prices for the 2.6/2.66 and the 2.5 by a full 21 percent/2.53 GHz Pentium 4 lower. They are not yet as cheap as the Athlon XP up to 2100+, and certainly not in retail, since Intel's products are sometimes sold well above the purchase prices, but they are much better in their performance class, especially the Athlon XP 2600+ processors are still quite expensive due to their limited availability. The current top model, the Pentium 4 with 3.06 GHz, unfortunately only falls slightly in price, as the following table shows.
Only the introduction of the FSB800 Pentium 4 processors will ensure a significant price reduction for the 3.06. The planned 32 percent are not ofbad parents. It is noticeable that the FSB800 processors, despite their 'more' performance, are hardly more expensive than their equally clocked bolides without Hyper-Threading-Support (HT) and a slower frontside bus. In the second quarter of 2003 you should, assuming a suitable mainboard , use the new processors. But until then, there will still be some time and AMD has a few more fast products in the making with the Barton and the Athlon 64 .