As always, we like to discuss some handy features of our wonderful Real Time Price Engine, such as the ability to search for product SKU’s like “ADA3000DAA4BP”. This makes searching for an exact product a breeze. You can also try searching for product categories like “AMD CPU”. Another exceptional feature is the ability to ignore certain words from your search results. To do this, you would add the “-“ (minus) sign and the word. For example, if I were searching for all Pentium CPUs except the Pentium D, I would enter: “Intel Pentium –D”.

In this week’s CPU price guide, we found that the AMD Athlon Dual Core processors dropped prices in recent times. The X2 3800+ has remained unchanged for the most part and is still considered the “best bang for the buck”. We also noticed a recent price drop with the AMD 3800+ and 4000+ Venice cores, which could be due to the increase in demand for the dual core processors.

AMD’s Opteron line has remained mostly unchanged except for a few outrageous price jumps that we noticed. And the Xeon processors have remained practically the same since our last price guide, something we eagerly want to know why that is.

Also, the Intel 500, 600 and 800 series have also remained quite stable with the 500 and 600 series being just about equal in performance.

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  • PrinceGaz - Saturday, October 29, 2005 - link

    "One of the 64-bit Semprons that caught our attention was the 2800+ Palermo core with 256MB L2 cache"

    A processor with that much cache would catch anyones attention :)
  • cryptonomicon - Saturday, October 29, 2005 - link

    ah beat me to it
  • JarredWalton - Monday, October 31, 2005 - link

    Okay, fixed now - I thought someone had already corrected it. Though, I'd really love such a CPU for that price. :D
  • MikeyJ79 - Saturday, October 29, 2005 - link

    Those 3800+ and 4000+ processors are looking more tempting by the week, though I would probably still get a cheaper model at this point. That socket 754 3700+ at ~$178 looks like an interesting buy for someone already stuck on that socket. Soon there may be the Mobile 4000+ with the Newark core which would be nice for current socket 754 users who are able to use it in their desktops. I doubt the price for it would be all that welcoming, however.
  • coomar - Saturday, October 29, 2005 - link

    the new skt 939 opteron's are creating an insane buzz, the better ones are doing 3.0+ ghz on air
  • kmmatney - Saturday, October 29, 2005 - link

    Has anyone tried a mobile Sempron with 1 MB cache:">

    Looks very interesting....
  • MikeyJ79 - Saturday, October 29, 2005 - link

    I wonder how they got one of those? ....LOL

    To their credit, though, they get the cache spec right further down in the listing. A 1MB L2 cache would mean it's not a Sempron anymore! :P
  • kmmatney - Saturday, October 29, 2005 - link

    I'm reall tempted to get a mobile Athlon 64 - 1 MB cache for around $100. Are there any benchmarks anywhere for the mobile Athlons used in a desktop?

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