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January 24, 2006 10:52:38 AM

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Advanced Micro Devices cut prices over the weekend on some dual-core desktop processors and Turion mobile processors, bringing them more in line with the prices of some Intel chips.

It's now cheaper to buy AMD's top five Athlon 64 X2 processors as well as the company's Turion ML notebook processors, if you're shopping in quantities of 1,000 processors. The Athlon 64 X2 4800+ received the biggest discount among the desktop chips, moving from $803 to $643 over the weekend. The Turion ML-44 also received a hefty cut, down to $354 on Monday from $525 last week.


Source: Chip prices fall at AMD
By Tom Krazit
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Published: January 23, 2006

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January 24, 2006 3:22:02 PM

/me nods

AMD had a fine 4th Quarter last year too. They had $205 million in earnings. Can you say "capital"? :-)
January 25, 2006 10:54:41 AM

Awesome! I noticed the price on the AMD 64 X2 4200+ at newegg went from $400 to $390. Not much, but 10 bucks is 10 bucks. I'm ready to buy soon, would it be a good idea to hold off another week or so, or is that as low as it's going to get for a while?

Ditto for the Gigabyte 6600GT vid card i've had my eye on?
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January 25, 2006 11:47:56 AM

I recently bought a 4200+ X2. Wish I'd held off a couple of weeks now :p 
I read reports of AMD cutting some lines at up to a third although I'm not sure how long that takes to reflect the actual retail prices.
January 25, 2006 12:10:11 PM

That's my question. How long does it "normally" take for these wholesale price cuts to be reflected at the retail (Newegg, etc.) level?
January 25, 2006 6:57:29 PM

Thanks for the post. I missed the launch of the ML44 and MA44. Now to find someone who sells them. NewEgg did not have ML40 in stock. Just ML37.
January 25, 2006 6:59:53 PM

I've been waiting for the price of the X800XL AGP to go down for months. Let alone CPU prices.
January 25, 2006 7:15:15 PM

Thats good news .....altho it seems like most of the stuff I have been investgating(sp) at NewEgg went up in price the last week!!
fugures I waited to decide just what I was gonna get till I had more info and it all goes up :roll:
January 25, 2006 7:29:36 PM

What time of the year is best to buy PC parts? It's right after christmas and parts are actually going up?

Maybe since AGP cards are getting 'rarer', prices are rising. Who knows.
January 25, 2006 9:39:04 PM

The best time is usually when a new generation of processors come out (or right before). In this particular case, AMD is ramping up production of Socket M2 processors so they can be in a position to offload Socket 939/940 inventory as quickly as possible. The longer inventory sits, the less money everyone makes.

Holiday season has some effect, but not a whole lot.

:-)

-mpjesse
January 25, 2006 10:51:21 PM

Here is what I heard:

"I am a design engineer and I work with several hardware testers. The goal I hear is a mid to late April ship date for 12 new processors.
It is going to be a big release and socket 939 processors should drop like a rock. The new processor line should be comparable to prices just before this months drop for there new lineup. So a low end dual core for socket AM2 I would expect to be around 350 to 400

Remeber it takes a week or two for prices to hit most places if you are going for a socket 939 processor.

I am waiting myself to build a new system in May"
January 26, 2006 12:03:45 AM

Roger that. Expect motherboards to be priced really high too. (initially anyways)

But DDR2 prices should drop fairly quickly too.

-mpjesse
January 26, 2006 10:01:21 AM

So, my best price timing for a major upgrade/build would be ... ? **awaits drum roll** May?


But Pat ... I'm concerned about temps ... what to do?
January 26, 2006 3:16:36 PM

No idea. I got a mobo that'll support the M2 cpu if I get a riser card for it though, so I'm fine. Funny how one of the cheapest mobos around seems to have the best features...well except for SLi I suppose...
January 26, 2006 4:28:54 PM

I problably wont wait till may.. once the 4200+ drops below 400 i'll be replaceing my 3700 with it
January 26, 2006 5:30:01 PM

The weird things is that while I am searching for good deals on RAM I am finding better deals on DDR2 than DDR? Can anyone explain this?
January 27, 2006 4:44:46 PM

The guys that sell hardware here don't know that. And they will never learn about it. Im kiddin. They know. They just don't give a sh.. about it. They know that they are the only option. You have to have a political back up to import computer hardware here. With a VAT of 20% here it's only more expensive to order hardware through internet(the cost of shipment will make it a nightmare to pay). So, are there any real news?
January 28, 2006 1:52:29 AM

DDR is like the AGP of video cards it on its way out but those of us that still want to upgrade or build a new pc now! and don't want to wait for AMD support for DDR2 got no choice! ....they know what ya gonna do yer gonna spend a couple of bucks extra on Ram complaining maybe but they know!
January 29, 2006 3:38:07 AM

all this talk about AMD M2 socket in May sounds wrong, wasnt it just posted it'd be september now?
January 29, 2006 2:28:59 PM

That, and it is also NOT M2 it is Socket AM2. Course I said it wrong before too...
January 29, 2006 6:50:06 PM

Right, well they just announced the official name, of which ive yet to type. hell the way its going it might be 2007 before we see it... I'll change to socket OMFG its late again as the name by then :D 
January 29, 2006 7:01:16 PM

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The weird things is that while I am searching for good deals on RAM I am finding better deals on DDR2 than DDR?

It's the law of supply and demand. Manus made a bunch of DDR2 expecting it to take off, because Intel is promoting it. The sales quantity never materialized, so they are dumping it.
January 30, 2006 2:36:57 AM

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No idea. I got a mobo that'll support the M2 cpu if I get a riser card for it though, so I'm fine. Funny how one of the cheapest mobos around seems to have the best features...well except for SLi I suppose...


How is that mobo going for you? I just ordered one.
January 30, 2006 10:13:08 PM

when will AMD's 65nm's coming? What about the opteron 939's, I heard AMD is taking some out of production. Also, what is taking so long for the FX55's to drop in price??! They were supposed to drop to 600 something with the FX60's release, and I would LOVE to pick one up and mess with liquid nitrogen =)
January 30, 2006 10:17:10 PM

Works great, no major problems, though sometimes the AGP drivers can be a hassle (if you forget to install them that is). I do not overclock but well...my specs are below, no hardware instability of any sort. The video card I have sucks , but the board works fine for me with the X2 4400+ cpu...
January 30, 2006 10:28:47 PM

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But Pat ... I'm concerned about temps ... what to do?



Argh.. just get into that thread now.. AMDmeltdown can help you with temps...
January 30, 2006 11:34:46 PM

yeah, i heard the non-gt 6600 was bad from a friend.
January 31, 2006 12:11:40 AM

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yeah, i heard the non-gt 6600 was bad from a friend.


Well...the hardware itself is STABLE...you'd just be better off getting a 6600GT with only 128MB memory than wasting on a non-gt 256MB version. Mine just uses DDR, the GT uses DDR-3. That's the main diff. Inno3D is also just a cheap card as far as clock speed, etc.--the specs are lower than the "NVIDIA" specs for the GeForce 6600 card.
January 31, 2006 12:16:15 AM

true that. i heard nvidia banned 256mb gt pci-express' because the SLI would hurt 6800ultra sales since supposedly they would lay a smackdown in doom. wonder if its true..
January 31, 2006 1:43:37 AM

how long have you been posting to get over 6000 post?
January 31, 2006 1:51:13 AM

Do you not see his join date just above the post count?

-mpjesse
January 31, 2006 1:56:42 AM

no.. it is expiration date.. it is how much "too much time" we've wasted here..
January 31, 2006 7:35:20 PM

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true that. i heard nvidia banned 256mb gt pci-express' because the SLI would hurt 6800ultra sales since supposedly they would lay a smackdown in doom. wonder if its true..


No its not true, just go to the PCIe Video charts on tomshardware to see that...

Low end SLI is just braggin rights to say ya got SLI. usually the single card slot that is slightly cheaper overall is better. Right now the 6800GS (same as GT in speeds basically) is faster than 2 x 6600GT mostly and there are far less driver bugs and you get the performance boost in ALL games, not just ones with SLI profiles. Also, they didnt BAN it, its up to the vendor how they config the cards. Someone mentioned "cause the 66gt has DDR3" well thats not totaly true, earlier revisions didnt. Only the newer ones do, cause its actually cheaper for them to make and is a bit faster cause the clock higher overall (and even use less electricity and therefor produce less heat).

Dont believe evertyhign ya read, read up on real tests like on THG and Anandtech and places like that.

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February 1, 2006 2:18:27 AM

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true that. i heard nvidia banned 256mb gt pci-express' because the SLI would hurt 6800ultra sales since supposedly they would lay a smackdown in doom. wonder if its true..


No its not true, just go to the PCIe Video charts on tomshardware to see that...

Low end SLI is just braggin rights to say ya got SLI. usually the single card slot that is slightly cheaper overall is better. Right now the 6800GS (same as GT in speeds basically) is faster than 2 x 6600GT mostly and there are far less driver bugs and you get the performance boost in ALL games, not just ones with SLI profiles. Also, they didnt BAN it, its up to the vendor how they config the cards. Someone mentioned "cause the 66gt has DDR3" well thats not totaly true, earlier revisions didnt. Only the newer ones do, cause its actually cheaper for them to make and is a bit faster cause the clock higher overall (and even use less electricity and therefor produce less heat).

Dont believe evertyhign ya read, read up on real tests like on THG and Anandtech and places like that.

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I might point out there is no 256 6600gt SLI configuratin in the vga charts, just as i said earlier. also, nvidia can do whatever the hell it wants to it partners. you would be foolish to think a board company like BFG would be independent enough to survive without nvidia sending it chips. nvidia could just threaten to just with hold all those chips, and essentially starve that company of any profit whatsoever. btw, the 6600gt 256mb's came out after the 6800ultra was phased out so does it really seem that unlikely?