Source: AMD Athlon Price Cut Coming

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The system builder, who preferred to remain anonymous, said manufacturer prices for the top-of-the-line Athlon 64 X2 6000+ would drop from $241-per-unit to about $170. The price of an Athlon 64 X2 4000+ would be cut from about $90 to $69, he said.

AMD would not comment on price cuts for its Athlon line.

"AMD does not comment on rumors or speculation," the company said in a statement.

Fry's Electronics July 2 listed the Athlon 64 X2 6000+ at $169.99 on its Web site. That listing represented an at-cost offering of the chip ahead of the scheduled July 9 price cut, according to the system builder.

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Fry's had removed the $169.99 listing as of July 5, when the retailer listed the Athlon 64 X2 6000+ at $229.99. That particular chip was tagged by Fry's as "Sold Out."