Pentium 4 with 1.7 GHz opens a new round of price wars
Intel slowly has to come up with something in order not to leave AMD with more and more shares in the processor market. Intel wants to bring the Pentium 4 clocked with 1.7 GHz for just 352 US dollars on the market. The fastest Athlon with 1.33 GHz currently costs only 350 US dollars. For better or worse, AMD will react to this price reduction and will have to lower the price of its own processors further. The slower Intel processors will also decrease in price. A handicap for Intel, however, is the expensive RAM bus memory, which the Intel 850 chipset requires.
Den Consumers can only be happy about the power struggle in the processor market!
When the Pentium 4 reaches the 2GHz limit, Intel wants to introduce 0.13 µm technology. As a result, the clock rates can be increased further and the power consumption and thus also the heat output of the processor can be reduced. This is also urgently needed, because the current Pentium 4 with 1.7 GHz consumes 64 watts of power, while the Pentium 3 1 GHz is satisfied with only 26.1 watts. At the same time, however, a new socket will be introduced so that a new mainboard will be needed for Pentium 4 processors with a clock rate of over 2GHz.