Dealers Begin Tipping Prescott Prices, AMD CutsBy Mark Hachman | Print
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Dealers have begun to release pricing for the Intel's new Pentium 4 and "Prescott" chips expected next week, and have also tipped AMD's expected price cuts later in February. The price for the new Pentium 4 Extreme Edition? Over $1,000.Dealers have begun to release pricing for the Intel's new Pentium 4 and "Prescott" chips expected next week, and have also tipped AMD's expected price cuts later in February.
As expected, the prices for a Prescott and a Pentium 4 running at the same clock speed are virtually identical, with a gap of just a few dollars between the price of each processor. Customers wishing to buy the new 3.4-GHz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition may suffer sticker shock, however; dealers say the chip will cost over $1,000.
AMD, meanwhile, plans to lower the price of just its Athlon XP processors, dealers said, with the cuts tentatively scheduled for Feb. 15.
PC Progress, a dealer based in Elk Grove Village, Ill., published its revised prices on its web site Thursday night. Customers who choose to buy a 3.2-GHz boxed Prescott with fan and heat sink will pay $306, a dollar less than the current 3.2-GHz boxed "Northwood" Pentium 4, also with a fan and heat sink. A 3.0-GHz Prescott boxed Prescott with fan and heat sink costs $246, versus to the $244 the store will charge for the same version of a 3.0-GHz Pentium 4. The 2.8-GHz versions of both the Prescott and Northwood are priced at $203 and $200, respectively.
A second dealer said he plans to sell the 3.2-GHz boxed Prescott, for between $265 and $278. A forthcoming 3.4-GHz Prescott will be priced between $410 to $417, he said.