Direct marketer Micron announced modest price cuts on higher-end consumer desktops and PC servers, as the Boise, Idaho, company continues striving to be an industry price leader.
Micron cut the price of its 400-MHz Millenia 400 desktop to $2,199 from $2,499, a 12 percent reduction that makes the small-business/home-use PC one of the market's lowest name-brand systems with Intel's fastest Pentium II chip. The Millenia 400 also comes with 64MB of memory, a 6.4GB hard drive, a CD-ROM, and a 17-inch monitor.
The similarly configured NEC Direction SP B400 currently lists at an estimated retail price of $2,299. Compaq and Gateway both offer 400-MHz systems for about $2,500, though Gateway says its G6 system comes with more features, such as DVD-ROM.
The Millenia 350, with the same specifications but a 350-MHz Pentium II chip, falls to $2,099 from $2,299. Micron introduced both models in April, at the time that Intel rolled out its high-end processors.
On the server end, Micron trimmed server prices in advance of the Xeon chip's debut later this month. The introduction of Intel's high-end processor for servers is expected to be accompanied by a host of new products.
The Micron Netframe 3100 server, with a 350-MHz Pentium II chip, 64MB of memory, a 4GB hard drive, and Microsoft's Windows NT operating system now costs $4,199, down modestly from $4,299.