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AMD Cuts APU & FX CPU Prices; Up-to 18.9% Cheaper

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AMD has cut the prices of ten of its chips.

In addition to launching the new FX-6350 and FX-4350 Piledriver based CPUs, AMD has slashed the prices of a number of its A-Series APUs and FX-Series CPUs. The smallest price cut sits at 9.5 percent and the biggest at 18.9 percent. The much older Phenom II X4 965 even got a price reduction of 11 percent.

Model
Old Price
New Price
Difference
A6-3600$95$7718.9%
A8-3800$105$9113.3%
A8-3820$115$10112.2%
A6-5400K$67$5714.9%
A8-5500$101$919.9%
A8-5600K$101$919.9%
FX-4300$122$10811.5%
FX-6300$132$11215.2%
FX-8320$169$1539.5%
Phenom II X4 965 BE$91$8111.0%
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    Azn Cracker , May 2, 2013 11:14 AM
    nice. AMD is king in the budget to midrange arena imo.
    Also why would anyone buy the fx-4300 over the fx-6300 if it only costs $4 more?
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    esviagra , May 2, 2013 11:12 AM
    The a10 5800k is not part of the price reduction, too bad.
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    ryu750 , May 2, 2013 11:15 AM
    $81 for the 965BE that is fantastic.
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    bikeordie1 , May 2, 2013 11:07 AM
    Hooray competition!
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    esviagra , May 2, 2013 11:12 AM
    The a10 5800k is not part of the price reduction, too bad.
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    Azn Cracker , May 2, 2013 11:14 AM
    nice. AMD is king in the budget to midrange arena imo.
    Also why would anyone buy the fx-4300 over the fx-6300 if it only costs $4 more?
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    ryu750 , May 2, 2013 11:15 AM
    $81 for the 965BE that is fantastic.
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    wanderer11 , May 2, 2013 11:15 AM
    That 965 is at a really good price for budget builders.
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    cmi86 , May 2, 2013 11:24 AM
    Seriously, why cant intel do this ?
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    ssdpro , May 2, 2013 11:30 AM
    "Seriously, why cant intel do this ?"
    Because Intel has no incentive thanks to high demand.
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    JAYDEEJOHN , May 2, 2013 11:50 AM
    Good going AMD
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    shikamaru31789 , May 2, 2013 11:51 AM
    Wow, a 965 BE at $81 is a really good deal. The 980 performed really well in Tom's most recent budget gaming CPU roundup, beating every AMD processor except for the 8 core FX's. The 965 BE can easily be overclocked into a 980.
    Otherwise, looks like they're lowering the prices to be more comptetive with their FX processors and to clear old APU stocks before Richland releases.
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    shikamaru31789 , May 2, 2013 11:58 AM
    I'm thinking it might be a really good time to grab a 6300 at $112 or the 8320 at $153. Neither is as good a deal as the 965 at $81 right now, but with AMD 8 core APU's reportedly powering both the PS4 and 720, games should starting being optimized for more than 4 threads. AMD's 6 and 8 core FX's should really start to shine then.
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    yhikum , May 2, 2013 11:59 AM
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    Seriously, why cant intel do this ?


    Maybe Intel feels that its brand deserves better pricing? Most people would consider Intel for their PCs and that makes them happy. Majority of people who would be building PCs with budget in mind would settle with AMD.

    What would lower priced Intel chips achieve? Would people who have AMD setups switch to Intel, meaning more money spent on new hardware platform? Or would this help with sales going up?

    Take a look at share prices of Intel and AMD. Rarely mentioned here, the fact is that AMD has been steadily growing over past year. Intel is still keeping share price similar to three years ago. This fact tells me that Intel has barely anything to keep its company alive, apart from all the hype we can read about performance of CPUs. Would lower cost help selling more CPUs? It would certainly be a short term trend and would cause lower return on investment numbers later on. Hence, hold the price as long as possible. Meanwhile, AMD is surprisingly thriving and putting more chips for desktops, mobile platforms/APU and graphic cards (consoles as well, current and future alike).
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    DRosencraft , May 2, 2013 12:57 PM
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    Seriously, why cant intel do this ?


    Maybe Intel feels that its brand deserves better pricing...


    I think cmi86's point is that Intel should consider lowering prices across the board. Yes, they may believe they have a very good product and don't want to undercut it, but if as you say they don't have a sustainable model, they need to try something different. There are a tone of people outside of the brand-name wars who are simply looking for value. AMD's success has been in appealing to these people - offering great performance similar or close to Intel but at a lower price point. It makes better sense to take a bit of lighter revenue now if it will benefit the company in the long term. Maybe not deep slashes to prices, but at least trim them to make them more attractive. This applies not just to Intel's CPUs, but the accompanying motherboards too - though I realize that is probably more of an OEM decision than Intel's.

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    guerrero , May 2, 2013 1:08 PM
    Replace my i3-2120 with 8320 and OC? Maybe
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    ScrewySqrl , May 2, 2013 1:21 PM
    at $112, the FX 6300 may be an ideal bargain gamers chip
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    spartanmk2 , May 2, 2013 1:52 PM
    Dang, $81 for a 965BE is a GREAT deal.
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    christop , May 2, 2013 2:38 PM
    Man that is super cheap!!! Sweet!!
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    ddpruitt , May 2, 2013 2:52 PM
    It's about time that AMD started showing it's muscle and using advantages to it's benefit.
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    cobra5000 , May 2, 2013 3:19 PM
    The 8320 is more and more tempting. Why buy an 8350, when this will oc to the same level? Especially now with the greater price difference.
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    beoza , May 2, 2013 4:33 PM
    This is good news since I plan on building a mid-range AMD gaming machine for my uncle later this year. He doesn't do anything more demanding than play WoW and STO @ 1920x1080, so he doesn't need the higher priced Intel parts. The FX-4300 and FX-6300 are in the right price range for his system. Now to figure out which gfx card and mobo to use.
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