The AMD Sempron's are an excellent alternative to Intel's Celeron processors. Just as in our last guide, we still suggest the Sempron 2800+ (Palermo) with 256KB of cache [RTPE: SDA2800AIO3BX] which is on sale for $74.49. Not a bad price for a mid-range processor with 256KB of cache.

The Turion processors have approximately been at the same price point over the course of the past couple weeks. We're seeing a slight increase in the ML-37, MT-30, and MT-32 of about $2.00 to $7.00. The one decrease in price is we're seeing is in the AMD Turion ML-40 1MB [RTPE: TMDML40BKX5LD] down about $2.00 and is currently at about $267.00.

Unfortunately, this time around, the mobile AMD CPUs aren't as successful as the Athlon XP line. Furthermore, AMD's mobile Athlon 64 processors haven't seen any changes in prices, except for the Athlon 64 Mobile 3000+ with 1MB of cache [RTPE: AMN3000BIX5AR] which is up just about $19.00, bringing it's price up to about $143.00 shipped.

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  • BigLan - Sunday, November 27, 2005 - link

    Very intersted in the upcoming 939 opteron piece you mentioned. I'm planning an opteron 165 upgrade in the next few weeks, so hopefully supplies will last till then at least! Reply
  • hoppa - Sunday, November 27, 2005 - link

    Will X2 CPUs ever drop to a decent price? I am dying for one of these products and am basically waiting for the 4000+ to drop at least to $300 but at this rate it looks like that'll take years =\ Reply
  • Jojo7 - Sunday, November 27, 2005 - link

    Just because your RTPE doesn't show any matches for "opteron 254" doesn't mean the product doesn't exist. Reply
  • KristopherKubicki - Sunday, November 27, 2005 - link

    The tables are all generated automatically. RTPE didn't pick up an Opteron 254, but that just means the channel is weak on that product.

  • TheGlassman - Saturday, November 26, 2005 - link

    I wouldn't coundt on AMD selling slow cheap x2's for a while.. To go intel dual cpu, you have to get a new expensive motherboard, and probably new memory, where as the AMD x2's plug right into existing systems. A simple cpu upgrade is cheaper than a new system. Reply
  • ceefka - Monday, November 28, 2005 - link

    Once Semprons have left s754 there would be an argument to have all Athlons on dual core and maybe even some Semprons. I think it was in 2007 that AMD planned to have abandoned single core CPUs. By then you might be able to pick up an el cheapo X2 Sempron.


    A simple cpu upgrade is cheaper than a new system.
    Agreed. If you start from scratch, however, that doesn't count.

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