AMD has cut the retail price on most of its Athlon 64 X2 processors
today in an attempt to remain competitive with Intel's increasingly more attractive product line.
Digitimes has compiled a nice chart detailing the price drops
, the most notable price reduction was on the Athlon 64 X2 5200+, which dropped from $403 to $295.
Processors faster than the Athlon 64 X2 5200+ didn't get any price drop treatment, but all processors slower than the X2 5200+ had price reductions from anywhere between $10 and $30 USD.
We've compiled a product stack that should help to explain how AMD's price changes affect the marketplace - see below.
AMD has a strong grasp over the low end of the market due to the fact that Intel doesn't have any Core 2 based products priced below $180 USD. That isn't going to same forever though, as Intel is expected to release low-end Core 2 Duo E4000-series processors in the first half of this year.
Intel's price / performance advantage is still clear above $180 USD, with the Core 2 based products dominating most price points. For example, there are plenty of occasions where Intel's $224 USD E6400 offers performance that surpasses AMD's Athlon 64 X2 5000+ EE
on many occasions, but the latter retails at over $60 USD more.
We haven't included the Athlon 64 X2 3600+
that we talked about over the weekend on our product stack, because it isn't officially listed on AMD's price list.
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