Welcome to a new edition of our CPU price guide. Before we start nibbling away at the meat of our guide, we would like to remind our readers to look into using our RTPE system before purchasing any computer hardware. We'll bring you the best prices of that specific piece of hardware without any bias by recommending the vendor who has the lowest price for you. It's great because it even notifies you if and how much tax you'll need to pay depending on your location, allows you to use special characters to search for or omit certain results you may or may not want, and you can search via UPC codes or even by hardware specs. Our RTPE system also displays how much the item you are searching for has gone up (in red text) or decreased (in green text) in price. There's even a graph which shows you how high or low the hardware is at that very moment. Give it a shot, http://labs.anandtech.com.
On the Athlon 64 front, we've noticed no price changes in the lower (Sempron) to high-end processors (X2), as goes the same for the Pentium D and Pentium 4 line. Now that we think about it, pricing in general for most computer hardware has been pretty much the same over about the past month or so. This is usually the season when most components drop a few dollars every week or so, but it could be due to the reason that much of the hardware has nearly reached its lowest point already, but we'll keep watch and report back what we see happening in the market.
We'd like to start out our guide with the Dual Core processors, AMD's X2 lineup and Intel's Pentium D CPUs. Read on to find out more.
Dual Core Desktops
Prices for AMD's dual core processors have remained at a complete stand still over the course of the past few weeks in both the high or low-end CPUs. Because of the consistency of pricing, the processor for the best bang for the buck is still the Athlon 64 3800+ [RTPE: ADA3800DAA5BV]. Again, between the AMD and Intel dual core CPUs, we still suggest you go with the X2 3800+ because it has been proven to be the better processor between it and Intel's 830, which is only about $7.00 less than the X2. Granted, you might find a better deal on a socket 939 Opteron, but more on that later.
Intel's Pentium D line of processors has been at a standstill just as AMD's dual core CPUs processors have. Although there has been a slight change in the Pentium D 830 [RTPE: HH80551PG0802MN], we're seeing a whole $2.50 price decrease. Although AMD's entry point is the X2 3800+, its price is not very competitive to Intel's Pentium D entry point. Intel brings you the 820 for about $244.00, a significant price difference between the two. Unlike AMD, Intel is working toward getting users into the low-end dual core setup, while at the same time, they're able to cater to the users who are looking for the high-end of the dual core spectrum. We're still waiting for AMD to put up some competition to the entry point into the dual core front. We'll see what they'll bring us, if anything.