Intel Drops Processor Prices
- By Scott Bekker
Intel Corp. over the weekend slashed prices on several processor lines, including some Intel Xeon Server chips. The price cuts appeared mostly aimed at desktop and mobile processors, including the top-of-the-line Pentium 4s.
The server price cuts affected the Intel Xeon Processor Server/Workstation models, as opposed to the higher-end Xeon MPs. Prices for the 64-bit Itanium processors also stayed the same.
A 2.2-GHz Xeon came in for the sharpest price cut among server processors, dropping 44 percent from $465 each in 1,000-unit quantities to $262. Models ranging from 1 GHz to 2 GHz also have new prices from 10 percent to 27 percent less than what they were before the weekend.
The fastest Xeon processor, a 2.4-GHz version, maintained its $615 pre-Memorial Day price tag.
Most of the price decreases unveiled on Sunday were on desktop and mobile lines. Intel dropped prices on nine Pentium 4 processors, four mobile Pentium 4 processors and three mobile Pentium III chips.
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.