1GHz AMD-Intel price war breaks out

And, of course, it's in Japan

Thanks to Firestone for alerting us to these pages on Pricewatch Japan, which show how the battle between AMD and Intel is running on Akihabara streets.

The pages, in Japanese, have pictures of the Thunderbird 1GHz Athlon as well as Intel's Cumine 1GHz processor in its 1.0B recension.

And this is a part-translation of what the pages say, courtesy of Lernout & Hauspie's Japanese-English translator.

Prices of both the Athlon and Intel processors are hovering around the ¥100,000 mark, but according to the piece, there are only handfuls of the latter chips, with most being sold as part of a complete PC. (One US dollar=¥96.5).

If L&H is right, the boys seem to be saying a complete system, using a VC 820 mobo with 128MB of Ramboost, costs ¥228,000.

According to these pages, that's more expensive than a Socket A T'Bird PC.

On this Pricewatch page, there are photographs of several dual S370 mobos.

No-one has yet explained to us why it is that this technology always appears on Akihabara before it arrives anywhere else. We've asked both AMD and Intel dozens of times. Any theories, anyone else?

Meanwhile, it has emerged that the problem with 1GHz Gateway machines we reported on Friday is to do with a problematical motherboard the PC company was using. ®

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