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AMD to cut Sempron prices in August

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Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has informed motherboard makers that the unit price (for 1000 unit lots) for its Sempron CPUs will be adjusted downward in early August, with Sempron 2500+ prices dropping more than $7, according to sources in the motherboard industry. AMD also plans to launch a dual-core Athlon 64 X2 processor on August 1 priced at $345, a third less than its current lowest priced dual-core CPU, the sources indicated.

Socket-A Sempron 2500+ prices are expected to be cut from $67 at present to less than $60 in early August, sources at motherboard makers mentioned. The price gap between AMD Sempron 2500+ CPUs and Intel Celeron D 325 CPUs will expand from $6 currently to more than $10 after the upcoming price-cuts planned by the two chip vendors.

Intel plans to lower the prices of its Celeron D processors 5.4-13.5 per cent on July 24.
AMD will also launch the Athlon 64 X2 3800+, which will be the cheapest dual-core processor in its Athlon 64 X2 line, according to sources at motherboard makers. The unit price of the 3800+ will be $345, as compared to $537 for the 4200+, AMD's current entry-level dual-core part.

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