Price Guides October 2003: CPU and Memoryby Kristopher Kubicki & Larry Barber on October 13, 2003 11:50 PM EST
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There seems to be two very important announcements in this week’s Intel analysis. First of all, we still can’t find Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition CPUs. Rumor on the streets is that the chip will debut at almost $1,000 retail, which really is unfortunate considering its uncommon performance. Perhaps Intel will decide to bump up the FSB and clock rate of the Xeon line in the near future and thus bring the price of both chips down.
It seems sources of 533FSB processors are severely drying up. As a result, most 533FSB CPU’s increased in price, some more than 10%. True to Intel’s word, the 800FSB Pentium 4’s only have about a 10 dollar premium on their 533FSB counterparts, although we somewhat expected the 800FSB chips to fall in price, rather than the 533FSB CPU’s increase.
However, that’s not to say the Intel lineup isn’t void of all good deals. Our particular favorite the 2.4GHz 800FSB chip took a slight jump from $165 last week, but even at $174 it is still a bargain. The 2.6GHz 800FSB is not a bad looking chip either, with only a $20 premium over the 2.4GHz version.