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Roadmap In all the excitement of the 1GHz Pentium III 40 per cent price drop on the 28th of January and the Pentium 4 prices precipitating these, we almost forgot the other members of the Pentium III family.

But not quite. These are the ones which are gradually moving off the roadmap as Intel proliferates the Pentium 4 into the mainstream and performance sectors of the market. Intel calls them off-roadmap processors.

You can take it as more or less read than when prices of products are the same, it means the end of the lesser speed microprocessor. However, the prices of some of these fully fledged Pentium IIIs will be so cheap that you can compare them with Celeron prices just a few months back.

This is all part of Intel's attempt to fight AMD on price and to push the Pentium 4 into the mainstream and performance marketplace.

When the Tualatin .13 process kicks off, perhaps as early as Q3 if Intel succeeds in its strategy, we will see higher spec cheaper members of this family.

Prices below are for quantities of 1000.

The 933MHz will cost $241 on the 28th of January, $225 on the 4th of March, and $193 on the 15th of April.

The 866 will cost $193 on the 28th of January, $193 on the 4th of March, and $163 on the 15th of April.

The 850MHz Pentium III wil cost $193 on the 28th of January, $193 on the 4th of March, and $163 on the 15th of April.

The 800MHz will cost $183 on the 28th of January, $163 on the 4th of March and then disappear.

The 750MHz Pentium III will cost $163 on the 28th of January, $153 on the 4th of March, and then disappear.

The 700MHz Pentium III will cost $143 on the 28th of January and then disappear.

See this previous story for details of the 1GHz Pentium III and the Pentium 4 prices. ®

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