AMD swings axe as chip prices tumble

It is price cuts all around as AMD extends the Athlon 64 X2 dual-core family with an ‘entry-level’ 3800+ processor. It will, AMD, hopes bring dual-core computing to a more mainstream audience.

The part is priced at $354, based on 1,000 unit orders. This compares to the $482 for the 4200+, the next highest processor in the family, and $902 for the 4800+, the highest performing X2. These new process represent cuts in the region of 10 per cent.

And these are not the only price changes as AMD has pruned almost its entire range.

The single core Athlon 64 chips saw cuts of up to 20 per cent, from the top of the range 4000+ down to the 3500+. The 3400+ was dropped from the range and prices below this remained unchanged.

Lots of changes for the Opteron server, too. The new heavy-weight dual-core Opteron 865 HE and 860 HE are priced at $2,649 and $2,149. And the dual-core 265, 270 and 275 parts are priced at $851, $1,051 and $1,299, respectively. The rest of the single-way 100 series, dual-way 200 series and eight-way 800 series were shuffled downward in price.

And the Turion 64-bit laptop chips are not exempt. The leading ML-40 processor is cut by 32 per cent to $354, the ML-37 falls by a quarter to $263 and the remaining parts of the family see cuts in the region of 16 per cent.

Finally, the Sempron range also has its prices trimmed by a few per cent, and also sees the introduction of the desktop Sempron 3400+.

You can read more about the new Athlon 64 X2 on the AMD website, and you can also find the full price list.

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