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AMD's CPU price cuts go live

AMD's CPU price cuts go live

This news isn't AMD's biggest of the day, but it will shake up the desktop market more significantly in the near term than any acquisition. AMD has promised for months that it would be dropping prices on its desktop CPUs, and today it finally made the new pricing public. You can see the full breakdown on AMD's CPU price page, but our list below calls out what we think are the most significant numbers.

AMD Old price New price
Athlon 64 FX-62 $999 $827
Athlon 64 X2 5000+ $649 $301
Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (65-watt) $561 $276
Athlon 64 X2 4600+ $522 $240
Athlon 64 X2 4200+ $389 $215
Athlon 64 X2 4200+ $339 $187
Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (65-watt) $310 $176
Athlon 64 X2 3800+ $277 $152
Athlon 64 3800+ $246 $112
Athlon 64 3500+ $161 $91
Athlon 64 3200+ $130 $81

Intel Current price
Core 2 Duo X6800 $999
Core 2 Duo E6700 $530
Core 2 Duo E6600 $316
Core 2 Duo E6400 $224
Core 2 Duo E6300 $183
Pentium D 945 $163
Pentium D 915 $133
Pentium D 820 $113
Pentium D 805 $93

We don't think these prices will really do much to salvage the outlook for AMD over the next few months. Our review of the Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 showed that it's faster and more efficient than the Athlon 64 FX-62, and there's still a $300 price gap in Intel's favor. What could still be interesting, though, is the price/performance comparison on the lower end. We're trying to get our hands on both Intel's remaining Core 2 Duo chips, as well as AMD's Energy Efficient Athlons, where power consumption will have as much weight as benchmark scores in determining the overall value. But for the high-end at least, Intel doesn't need to worry.