8/28/2001: Intel lowers his prices and throws the Pentium 4 to 2 GHz
The battle of the GHz enters the second level. The leader in sales of microprocessors tries to obtain the crown of the yield again with the throwing of the awaited new version with connector of 478 pines (although for the time being it is a change merely externally) of his processor it covers with stars; this change will become necessary the use of a new motherboard, although perhaps converters appear to the "ancient" format of 423 pines.
The new Pentium 4 will use the chipsets Intel 850 (for memory Rambus-DRAM) and the imminent Intel 845 (of low cost, with support for memory SDRAM... and quite bad yield), and it has presented not only 2 GHz to itself , but also to 1,9 GHz, with a few really high prices: 562 $ and 375 $ respectively, always in quantities of 1.000 units. For the time being they will make of both versions, 478 and 423 pines.
This throwing has been accompanied by the corresponding reduction of the previous models; as there reflects the new official list of prices, the price of some Pentium 4 it has come down to the half. For example, that of 1,5 GHz has gone on from 256 $ to only 133 $; 48 % less... neither more nor less.
According to tests realized by diverse analysts, the yield of the Pentium 4 of 2 GHz is located in a level similar to that of an AMD 1,4 GHz with 266 MHz bus and memory DDR at the same speed, but only if the Pentium 4 uses memory Rambus. The success of the new Pentium 4 depends to a great extent on the results of the new chipsets of ROUTE and SiS, as well as on very few advisable Intel 845.
Now only it is missing to know which will be the following movement on the part of AMD...
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News written for: Miquel Tarazona and Juan Herrerías