Price Guides October 2003: CPU and Memoryby Kristopher Kubicki & Larry Barber on October 13, 2003 11:50 PM EST
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Welcome back to another fun filled Price Guide. As you may know, we took a couple weeks off for Computex and midterms, but we are back in full swing. Of course, many of you probably recall the particular processor launch from late September, but what changes did we see on pricing? This week we look back again at CPU, Motherboards and Video Cards to see what surprises this week holds. As always, don’t forget you can check prices on our Hard Drives, Memory, CPU, Motherboards and Video Cards at anytime through our price engine. Furthermore, all of our price guide tables are reflective of real time prices, so don’t expect any outdated information in our tables.
It appears with the release of the AMD Athlon 64 product line the prices of the Athlon XP line was negatively effected. With the exeption of the already over priced Athlon XP 3200+ all XP chips increased in price 5-10%. Fortunately, the Athlon 64 3200+ dipped way under its debut price to $404. Athlon 64 FX prices also dropped, but only slightly. If you need a 64 bit chip for whatever reason, the 3200+ is the better processor.
Before Computex, we also saw the fairly uneventful launch of the 1.6GHz Duron processor. AMD was supposed to phase this component out, but our guess is that Asian markets have continually spurred a demand for the processor. The Opteron line did not fluctuate in price at all since last week, although for the month the processors have dropped in price about 8%. As we predicted about a month ago, the Opteron line is set to begin undercutting the Athlon 2800+ MP and 2600+ MP lines by this time next month.
In our opinion it is not a particularly great time to buy an AMD system. Unstable XP prices coupled with Athlon 64 launch mean poor deals for at least 6 weeks until things calm down. Furthermore, the upcoming holidays usually bring several deals, so sit tight!