AMD Opteron likely to provoke Intel server price war

AMD ROADMAPS show that the firm is positioning its ever growing family of server products while it is also, we believe, following Intel's pattern of printing slower frequency, but server capable processors with the desktop Athlon64 acting as the flagchip.

However, these system prices, compared to the Xeon system prices we've seen recently, indicate to us that AMD will attack Intel to the tune of several thousand dollars per box.

We suspect this may well precipitate a server price war in 2003, just as the introduction of the Athlon XP precipitated a desktop processor price war. It's clear that, as Intel anticipated some time ago, AMD is taking aim at the Xeon with these typical system prices.

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News source: The inq.

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