Advanced Micro Devices quietly updated its desktop CPU prices on July 9, implementing yet another round of price cuts.
As with last Aprils reductions, cuts on July 9 were applied to the companys dual-core Athlon 64 X2 processors, all of which now fall in the sub-$200 range, as well as the Athlon 64 FX-70 series.
For instance, the Athlon 64 X2 6000+, AMDs top-of-the-line model, now retails for $178 with the lower-end 4200+ and 4000+ models falling to $89 and $73, respectively.
AMD appears to have discontinued the 3800+ and 3600+ models altogether.
During its last microprocessor pricing update in April, AMD singled out the Athlon 64 FX and Athlon 64 X2 microprocessors
The fastest Athlon 64 X2 processor, the 3.0-GHz 6000+, was previously priced at $241, slightly more expensive than Intels midrange E6400, a 2.13-GHz chip that sells for $224. Now at $178, its now significantly cheaper, though Intel too is expected to cut select CPU prices before Barcelona, AMDs quad-core microarchitecture, is released.
In a somewhat perplexing move, the two ultra-high end AMD Athlon 64 FX-70 processors, the FX-74 and FX-72, are now priced exactly the same—both at $599 according to AMDs processor pricing
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