Price Guides September 2003 IDF Edition: CPU, Motherboards and Video Cardsby Anand Shimpi & Laura Johnston on September 18, 2003 2:56 AM EST
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This week you may notice we are listing week changes in our guide. These week changes are reflections of the lowest price this week versus the lowest price last week. Our week deltas should keep product prices in better perspective for everyone. Even though the data in each table is generated in real time, don’t forget to check out our in house RealTime Price Guide which will tell you deltas for each product and merchant in our database!
It has certainly been an interesting week for CPU, motherboards, and video cards. In fact, it’s been at least 12 months since we had so many exciting things to report at once! The obvious question on everyone’s mind is what impact Athlon 64 FX is going to have on existing processor prices. From past processor releases, we would expect Athlon XP prices to drop. However, let us consider Opteron and Athlon MP. Opteron is easily replacing the Athlon MPs but even after 3 months we have not seen much price dip in the ill fated line.
As the Athlon 64 release draws near (September 23), resellers are not simply putting their chips on fire sale. Although it seems logical that resellers would want to eliminate their old inventory of XP processors, the lack of price cuts makes us wonder if resellers seem almost unconvinced that Athlon 64 will be the success that it needs to be. In fact, two of our most listed merchants, NewEgg and ZipZoomFly (formerly Googlegear), increased prices on all XP chips.
On an interesting side note, all Opteron prices dropped $10 - $15 bucks this week (again). Granted, even the moderate performing 240 Opteron are still expensive at $260. As we have said before though, the Opteron series has been very effective at replacing the Athlon MP. While this week the Opteron 240 and Athlon MP 2800+ are priced about the same, it’s easy to imagine the Opteron 240 priced less than the 2800+ and the 2600+ by Q4.