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AMD appears to be playing down the availability of its Opteron 1xx series, at least for now. The chip maker today unveiled Opteron price adjustments which relegate the 1xx CPUs' presence on its public price list to mere 'call for details' status.

Today also saw the debut of Opteron x56 two-way and four-way server chips, as forecast, while AMD raised the prices of its Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 X2 processor lines slightly.

The 256 and 856 come in at $851 and $1,514, respectively. While the addition of the 256 left the prices of the other 2xx series chips unchanged, the 856 pushed the already available 854 down to $1,165, a drop of 23.1 per cent. The 852's price fell 25.1 per cent to $873. The 850 now costs $698, 20.1 per cent cheaper than before. The 848, 846 and 844 all remain at $698.

AMD similarly pruned the prices of the 8xx HE chips, reducing the price of the 850 HE from $1,514 to $1,165 - a fall of 23.1 per cent. The 848 HE now costs $873, down 25.1 per cent from $1,165. The 846 HE's price was cut 34.8 per cent, from $698 to $455.

AMD's last round of price cuts saw the Opteron 1xx family's prices dropped from the list, replaced by a request to call the company's distributors if you want more information. This time, the chips' model numbers have also been removed. In their place are the same asterisks's denoting 'call for details'.

The latest round of price adjustments also saw $2-3 added to the price of the dual-core Athlon 64 X2 processors and to the prices of the single-core Athlon 64 line. ®

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