Well it seems they're clearing out the stock for Bulldozer that may come sooner rather than later.
Advanced Micro Devices this week reduced prices of its desktop Phenom II central processing units (CPUs) aimed at performance-demanding end-users. As a result of the price-cut, six-core microprocessors from AMD got more affordable.
AMD's highest-performing chip at present - AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition - dropped by 9% and now costs $239. The most affordable six-core processor on the planet - Phenom II X6 1055T - also got a 12% price-cut and is now priced at $175 officially, which means that in several weeks it will cost even less.
In general, AMD's Phenom II processors with four or six cores became 2% - 13% cheaper, which is a good news for consumers looking forward performance-mainstream systems.
The price-cut of AMD happens just as its rival Intel Corp. halts sales of its latest Sandy Bridge chips due to a chipset-related flaw and will have to rely on previous-generation products in Q1 2011. The events are completely unrelated, but the lack of high-end chips from the rival and better affordability of Phenom II will allow AMD to more efficiently compete against Intel on the desktop CPU market.