Intel trims prices on desktop PC chips

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.

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