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Intel prunes pre-Grantsdale P4 chipset prices

But 'unlikely' to boost i8x5 demand

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Intel this week cut the prices of its i865 and i845 chipset families in a bid to boost demand after the launch of its top-end i915 and i925 series.

However, unnamed mobo maker sources cited by DigiTimes claim it's not going to work: there are just too many chipsets in the channel already.

Said sources suggest that inventory levels have reached a supply capacity of one month rather than the usual two-week backlog. That may not change significantly until the end of Q3, they say. June didn't see strong sales, although OEM demand for mobos is expected to pick up in July.

Intel's prices fell by up to 15 per cent, it is estimated, with the i845GE falling from $30 to $25.5; the i845GL, GV and PE dropping from $21 to $18.5; the i848P's price reset to $22 from $24; the i865GV falling from $27 to $25; and the i865PE dropping from $28 to $27. ®

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