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Intel cuts up to 20% off Pentium III prices

Some still more expensive than P4s

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Intel today cut the prices of selected desktop and server Pentium III processors by up to 20 per cent in a bid to shift stocks of the chips while buyers wait for the supply of Pentium 4 chips to ease.

The biggest price cuts came at the server end. The price of the 0.18 micron 1GHz 256KB L2 PIII was cut 14 per cent, from $173 to $149. The price of the 0.13 micron 1.13GHz 512KB L2 PIII-S also fell 14 per cent, from $235 to $202. The 1.26GHz PIII-S now costs $241, a 20 per cent cut on its previous price, $300.

Intel also trimmed the prices of all desktop PIIIs, both 0.18 micron Coppermines and 0.13 micron Tualatins, with the sole exception of the 1.2GHz part - it's price stays where it was, at $241.

The prices of the 850MHz, 866MHz, 900MHz, 933MHz and 1GHz PIIIs all fell to $143. All the but the 1GHz part fell 12 per cent, from $163, but that chip was cut 17 per cent, from $713. The 1.1GHz and 1.13GHz PIIIs were both cut tem per cent, from $193 to $173.

While mid-range Socket 478 P4 supplies remaining tight, Intel has been keen to push buyers toward Socket 423 P4s and top-end PIIIs - though arguably that's why supplies of the Socket 478 P4s are limited. Unfortunately, having attempted to drive the P4 down into the low-end, Intel has hit demand for the PIII hard. Even now, top-end PIIIs cost more than low-end P4s. A tacit sign, perhaps, that Intel accepts that faster PIIIs are better for business apps than the slower members of the P4 line?

The discrepancy is unlikely to be helped by the P4 price cuts scheduled for 27 January 2002. ®

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