Intel slashes Celeron prices

Predictions proven

Intel yesterday cut the prices of its 1.8GHz to 2.4GHz Celeron desktop chips, as predicted. That lends credence to forecasts that the chip giant will slash 533MHz frontside bus Pentium 4 prices on 11 May.

The Celeron prices fell by up to 23.9 per cent. The 2.4GHz chip fell from $127 to $103, a reduction of 18.9 per cent. The 2.3GHz fell from $117 to $89 (23.9 per cent), the 2.2GHz chip from $103 to $83 (19.4 per cent), the 2.1GHz part from $89 to $79 (11.2 per cent), the 2GHz Celeron from $83 to $69 (16.9 per cent) and the 1.8GHz chip from $69 to $64 (7.2 per cent). The 1.7GHz part will remain at $54.

The 11 May cuts are expected to see the 2.8GHz P4 fall in price from $375 to $262, a fall of 30 per cent. The 2.6GHz part falls from $241 to $193 (19.9 per cent) and the 2.4GHz part from $193 to $163 (15.5 per cent). The 3.06GHz P4 will stay at $401.

This will knock the chips' prices down to below the introductory prices of the 800MHz FSB parts, believed to be scheduled for a 21 May launch. The 2.8GHz P4C will come in at $278, the 2.6GHz P4 at $218 and the 2.4GHz P4C at $178. The 'C' indicates 800MHz bus support when there's already a 533MHz FSB chip at that clock speed. ®

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