The cuts, which Intel said are part of its normal pricing activity, are deepest on its Celeron processors, aimed at budget PCs priced below about $US1,000. The chip giant also cut Pentium III prices by as much as 11 per cent and prices for its new Pentium 4 chip by up to 4 per cent. The new prices took effect March 4.
Intel's 800Mhz Celeron processor is now priced at $US112, a drop of 19 per cent, according to figures published on Intel's Web site. Among other reductions, the price of the 766MHz Celeron was cut by 8 per cent to $US103, while the 733MHz version fell 6 per cent to $US83, Intel said.
The 1Ghz Pentium III processor is now priced at $US241, a drop of 10 per cent. Intel shaved 7 per cent off the price of a 933MHz Pentium III, making it $US225, while the 800MHz version dropped 11 per cent, to $US163.
Price cuts on Intel's newest desktop chip, the Pentium 4, were more shallow. The chip giant cut 1 per cent from the price of its 1.5GHz and 1.3 GHz Pentium 4 chips, putting them at $US637 and $US332, respectively. The price of the 1.4GHz part was cut by 4 per cent, to $US423, Intel said.
All prices are for processors bought in 1,000-unit quantities.