AMD had earlier announced that it was intending to slash the prices of its entire CPU lineup…and it has indeed done so.
The biggest cuts come to the higher-end X2 CPUs like the 5000+, whose price has been reduced in half from $696 to $301. The X2 4600+ and 4600+/4200+ EEs also see their prices cut in half as well. Going further down the line, AMD’s entry level dual-core processor, the X2 3800+, will see its price reduced from $303 to $152 while the single-core 3800+ has been reduced from $290 to $112.
Another prominent change is that AMD has removed multiple CPUs with 1MB L2 cache from their lineup, including the 4000+ and X2 4800+. This was done to make AMD’s latest CPU’s cheaper to manufacture.
With the new prices, the X2 5000+ will be going head-to-head with the Core 2 Duo E6600, while the X2 4200+ is priced to correspond with the Core 2 Duo E6300.