Price Guides May 2004: CPU and Videoby Kristopher Kubicki on May 11, 2004 6:02 PM EST
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Welcome back for another installation of our Price Guides. These past few weeks have been a roller coaster ride for both the video and CPU market with price drops, unveiling of new technologies and the end of others. As always, do not forget to check out our RealTime Price Guides and our guides section for up to the minute pricing and system building information.
In the CPU world it would not appear to be the rosiest of months for Intel. After what seems to be years of research and development for their next generation Pentium 4 dual core, codenamed Tejas, Intel has decided to pull the plug on the project. Sources cite the excessive heat output of this core as one of the key reasons for the cancellation and while current-generation cores output in excess of 100 watts, in some cases, this is not unexpected. Now that Intel is going back to the drawing board we can only wait in anticipation to see what they will come up with next. However, the cancellation of these processors does not mean the end of the line for the Pentium roadmap. On the contrary, the incredible successful Pentium M class (Banias) used in Centrino will expand and eventually migrate to the desktop for a low wattage, high IPC solution. There will be more information about Pentium M very soon as Dothan, the successor to Banias, debuted on Monday.
In the meantime our previous recommendation for the Pentium 4 2.8C still stands. After all, it has only been two weeks since we recommended it last; with a small price drop. This processor continues to provide the kind of price-to-performance ratio savvy consumers while providing HyperThreading and excellent content creation thoroughput.
We also received new news on Intel roadmaps yesterday. Be sure to check out our latest Intel roadmap. The new Intel chips debut late june, but we dont see our real first price cut until the third week of August. Expect fairly stable pricing until the June Socket 775 releases.