Price Guides September 2003 IDF Edition: CPU, Motherboards and Video Cardsby Anand Shimpi & Laura Johnston on September 18, 2003 2:56 AM EST
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With all the upcoming fun going on with AMD, Intel has not been sitting around. As the title implies, IDF (Intel Developer Forum) kicked off yesterday with some pretty big news. Not only did Intel announce their new Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processor, but new announcements such as Prescott die sizes have spurred a renewed interest in the consumer. As you may have read, Pentium 4 Extreme Edition is the same 3.2GHz 800FSB P4 from before, but with an additional 2MB of L3 cache. For most of us, this additional boost in cache size really wont matter. However, if you use your machine as a render station, or perhaps excessive amounts of MATLAB, the 2MB cache will boost performance significantly.
P4EE will probably take about 30 days before showing up on our price guides, so we doubt its announcement will start affecting prices yet. One thing we have noticed is the upward trend in prices for all 533FSB processors. There was a similar correction back when 533FSB replaced 400FSB, so this was expected. 800FSB processors continue to drop a buck or two per week, and will eventually price the same as 533FSB solutions. When P4EE finally does hit store shelves, insiders speculate it will cost about $740 in quantities of 1000. Considering this would price the processor $150 over the already expensive P4 3.2GHz, it is going to be a hard purchase to justify. Inevitably, prices of the 3.2GHz and 3.0GHz P4 will be affected.
Don’t forget to check our RealTime Price Guides. We recently added VIA’s EPIA line to our processing lineup! Stay tuned for our Computex as there will undoubtedly be more announcements on the EPIA and C3 line.