If you need a new processor then I hope you didn’t order it last week, because both AMD and Intel have just cut a swath through their respective ranks.
AMD first, and the awesome X2’s have been hacked by as much as 12.3 per cent following the introduction of the 3800+ yesterday. The single core Athlon 64s receive a good seeing to as well with the 3500+, 3700+, 3800+ and 4000+ falling by as much as 22.2 per cent, while the 3400+ has been cut loose.
On the notebook side, the Athlon 64s for desktop replacements took a tumble enduring injuries of 24.6 per cent and the mobile Athlon 64s joined them at the bottom of the hill after collapsing 22.7 per cent. As for the thin and light mobile Athlons, they will be replaced by the Turion range, which will now swap hands for up to 32.6 per cent less.
AMD’s big pal Intel was at it too, scalping the Celeron D line by 13.6 per cent and pillaging Centrino bundles based on Pentium Ms models (from 735 to 770) by a whopping 30.8 per cent. Stand alone Pentium Ms weren’t safe for the chip giants wrath either as they were gutted by as much as 33.6 per cent, though the 725 and 730 did seemingly find special places to hide.
Finally, the release of the 1.6GHz Celeron M 380 saw other Celerons punished for not being as good. 20.2 per cent was the price they were made to pay for their slowness and they won’t be forgetting it in a hurry.
So for those of you who didn’t buy that long overdue processor last week, now would be a good time to taunt those that did. Before heading calmly over to your favourite retailer and lapping up your savings.
Right, that’s enough forced metaphors for one day…