Coming soon: AMD price cuts

Price cuts are a given in our industry.  You buy something, the seller ships it, you receive it, and you get online only to find it cheaper somewhere else.  This just seems to be the status quo for computing.  The price cuts in question, detailed at Daily Tech, are of a more substantial then normal nature, and apparently in direct response to the release of Intel’s Core 2 Duo Conroe processor.  So here’s the dirt – Intel officially releases the Core 2 Duo Conroe processer on July 23rd.  On, or about, July 24th, AMD will drop prices for Athlon 64 and Sempron processors:

  • AMD Athlon 64 price cuts will receive price cut up to 30%
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 will receive price cuts up to 50%
  • AMD Sempron processors will receive price cuts up to 15%

That’s a lotta extra power available on the 24th.  I’ve been holding off buying an X2 3800+ since the processer has been hovering around the $300 mark for a while.  If Daily Tech’s source is accurate, this should drop to around $160.  In fact, apparently the X2 4600+ will drop to around the $300 mark, which suddenly makes that a viable consideration for my next processor upgrade.

Those of you looking for the big dog A64 FX processors aren’t getting any love here, as they will maintain current prices.  But all the rest of us look to be getting some really good options opening up soon.

[tags]AMD, Price cuts, CPU pricing, Athlon[/tags]

Snake rescuer’s blog

(via boingboing)
Visit the snake rescue blog to see some really cool photos of, well, rescued snakes. I’m not a snake keeper/collector/lover by any means, but I don’t find them repulsive or scary like most folks do (but I do have enough respect for the danger to know to keep my distance). To a lot of folks, this site will probably not be interesting at all. To me, however, it’s a fascinating read, especially with all the photos on the site.

Prairie_Rattler.jpg06/05/2004 @ 06:13:26 PM MDT
I found this prairie rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis) while 4-wheeling in the Caha del Rio section of the Santa Fe National Forest on the east side of the Rio Grande. It was very determined to not be picked up, struggling so much that I decided then and there that rattlesnakes don’t need to be handled unless absolutely necessary.

[tags]Snake rescue, Snakes, Bloggers[/tags]