AMD Quietly Slashes Desktop Processor Prices

Under pressure from Intel's Core 2-series, Advanced Micro Devices has quietly slashed prices on its desktop microprocessors for the second time in the last month. The price slash varies from 3% to 45% with the majority of products losing from 8% to 20%. AMD made sure to focus on the Athlon 64 X2 family of dual-core processors and cut the price of the high-end models quite aggressively. For instance, the Athlon 64 X2 5600+ can now be acquired for $326 in 1000-unit quantities (35% reduction) while the 5400+ now costs $267 in 1000-unit quantities (45% reduction). As usual, AMD did not release any statements regarding reasons for the price changes. One could argue that the formal introduction of the Athlon 64 X2 processor 6000+ ($500) is a possible cause.

News source: Xbit Laboratories

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Problem with Dell is they already bought their processors at the old price. They would have to sell out their entire inventory before prices would change. At least thats the way it used to be, maybe they've changed things recently.

magik said,
When will places like Dell reflect these price drops? I'm guessing not for a while, eh?

They already dropped prices at Newegg. Dell isn't going to drop prices until they want to dump their old inventory, which should happen in a month or so.

The AM3 better be one hell of a CPU or AMD is in serious trouble when Intel lowers the price of the Intel Core 2 Duo in April.

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