But the launch of a hyperthread-enabled 2.4GHz Pentium later will set some new rules, with the entry level price being a humble $178, up from the $163 price that un-hyperthreaded chip will be at the end of February.
At the end of February, the Pentium 4 3.06GHz (HT) chip will fall to $589, the 2.8GHz to $375, the 2.6/2.66GHz chips to $241, the 2.5/2.53GHz chips to $193, and the 2.2GHz, 2.6GHz and 2.4GHz chips to $163.
When Intel launches its 800MHz system bus in Q2, we'll see the prices fork, depending on whether the Pentium 4s support 533MHz or 800MHz/HT technology.
So for the 800MHz hyperthreaded chips, a 3.20GHz P4 will cost $637, a 3.0/3.06GHz chip $417, a 2.8GHz chip $278, a 2.6/2.66GHz chip $218, and the little 2.4GHz hyperthreaded chip $178.
This will contrast with 533MHz system bus prices for the 3.0/3.6GHz at $401, the 2.8GHz at $260, the 2.53/2.5GHz P4s at $193, and the humble 2.40GHz Pentium 4 at $163.
The 2.2GHz and 2.1GHz Celeron Pentium 4s which we mentioned last time round, are now set to be launched on November the 20th, it appears. That will allow Intel to intro its Xeons this week, so there's no "announcement collision", as Intel calls it Inside. µ
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