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Intel Corporation today reconsidered pricing of three Intel Pentium 4 processors with 533 and 400MHz Quad Pumped Bus. The reduction is not really aggressive and probably made in order to reduce stock of such processors before the company officially launches its series of chips using 800MHz Quad Pumped Bus as well as Intel 865-series Springdale chipsets. X-bit labs visitors knew about the price cut already a month ago.

Take a look at how official pricing of Intel Pentium 4 processors now looks in comparison to AMD Athlon XP processors and Intel Celeron chips:

AMD Athlon XP and Intel Pentium 4 Current Official Pricing

AMD CPU Model

Price

Intel CPU Model

Price

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Pentium 4 3.00GHz (800MHz)

$417

Athlon XP 3000+

$325

Pentium 4 3.06GHz (533MHz)

$401

Athlon XP 2800+

$225

Pentium 4 2.80GHz (533MHz)

$262

Athlon XP 2700+

$180

Pentium 4 2.66GHz (533MHz)

$193

Athlon XP 2600+

$151

Pentium 4 2.60GHz (400MHz)

$193

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Pentium 4 2.53GHz (533MHz)

$193

Athlon XP 2500+

$124

Pentium 4 2.50GHz (400MHz)

$193

Athlon XP 2400+

$103

Pentium 4 2.40GHz

$163

AMD Athlon XP and Intel Celeron Current Official Pricing

Athlon XP 2400+

$103

Celeron 2.40GHz

$103

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Celeron 2.30GHz

$89

Athlon XP 2200+

$81

Celeron 2.20GHz

$83

Athlon XP 2100+

$79

Celeron 2.10GHz

$79

Athlon XP 2000+

$66

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I would like to stress your attention on the fact that Intel now corrects its desktop CPU pricing not once in quarter as it did in the past, but more often. For instance, the company cut its prices on Celeron family of microprocessors on the 28th of April (see this news-story) and reportedly plans to put them down once again after introduction of two new models on the 25th of June (see this news-story), it reconsidered Pentium 4 3.06GHz pricing on the 21st of April (see this news-story) and now it cuts the prices on the Pentium 4 2.60, 2.66 and 2.80GHz CPUs by 20%, 20% and 30% respectively.

Remember that on the 21st of May 2003 Intel launches its Pentium 4 2.80C, 2.60C and 2.40C processors with 800MHz Quad Pumped Bus and the Hyper-Threading technology support for $278, $218 and $178 respectively. These chips will definitely offer a nice performance boost over the current processors, so, all hardware enthusiasts are waiting for them rather than running to a store in order to acquire today’s Pentium 4 CPUs.

I now wonder if the company once again reconsiders its Pentium 4 pricing till the 16th of July. Once thing I know for sure is that Intel will soon phase-out its Pentium 4 2.40, 2.50 and 2.53 processors for 400 and 533MHz Quad Pumped Bus.

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