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Chip giant Intel, still reeling from the effect of supplying over a million defective 820 chipsets to its customers, is rallying slightly by dropping prices on its 1GHz processor and a range of other chips no-one can get.

Despite the fact that a previous document sent to its channel partners notified them that boxed microprocessors will not be available until quarter three this year, Intel has told its distributors and dealers to expect a price drop at the end of this month.

The virtual price cuts will apply to Pentium IIIs, boxed mobile Pentium IIIs, boxed Celeron Ts, and "select" boxed Pentium III Xeon T chips.

One dealer told The Register he welcomed the price cuts and also the fact Intel was keeping him in touch with what was going on. However, he added, he was staggered at the absurdity of it all.

He said: "I would be happy just to obtain processors at the old price."

Meanwhile, although there still is a massive shortage of 1GHz processors across the boards, we have heard that Dell is still able to sell this microprocessor in systems. ®

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