New Duron available
As of today, AMD is delivering the new Duron with a clock frequency of 850MHz. This CPU, which belongs to the low-cost series, expands the series, but at the same time it was announced that it would no longer produce CPUs with 600MHz and 650MHz.
The street prices are only slightly based on the list prices, which are $ 149 for the latest variant with a purchase of 1000 pieces. You can get a Duron 850 for as little as $ 110 from a US mail order company. With this, AMD is once again expanding its lead, because the hard-to-find Celeron 766 are much more expensive than comparable Duron models. The 1GHz version of the PIII S370 is three times as expensive as a SocketA Athlon with 1GHz at 1400 DM. However, the two major manufacturers continue to take no account of owners of older mainboards. At AMD you sometimes look in vain for a CPU that still runs in SlotA boards. Only one variant of the T-Bird masters this hurdle, even if by no means in all old boards. Only CPUs with a maximum clock frequency of 933MHz fit into Slot1 boards, and only if the board supports the core voltage of 1.65 volts to 1.75 volts. Obviously it is part of the strategy of both houses to hope that people who already have a PC would rather buy a new complete computer instead of upgrading. The near future will show whether this strategy works.