AMD has announced a couple of price cuts to make its processor lineup more competitive.
Here are the new prices, which are slightly above the cost to distribution and are ex VAT to represent the cost to retailers and system builders:
X4 9850 BE - was $205 - now $194 - down 5.4 percent
X4 9550 - was $175 - now $154 - down 12 percent
X3 8450 - was £125 - now $104 - down 16.8 percent
AMD is, as ever, being pragmatic and fighting the fights it thinks it can win. In this case that takes the form of offering the lowest priced quad core available in the form of the 9550 and a triple core for less than Intel's cheapest Core 2 Duo. "We're providing more than dual core at dual core prices," said Buxton.