AMD has announced this week that they are going to drop the prices on their popular fusion APU and Athlon II CPU products. Making AMD a great option for those looking to build a system on a budget this year.

With things like the FM1 socket A-series APU's dropping to $91 for the A8-3870K and $36 for the A4-3300. The A4-5300 also sees reductions and the whole range should cost around $36 - $122 each in 1000 unit quantities.

The APU is a fantastic solution for low cost gaming system and HTPC systems thanks to its built in GPU and this just makes AMD's combined solution an even more tempting purchase than ever before.

The cuts in prices continue with the Athlon II range for AM3 socket boards with the X3 455 and X4 640 seeing drops around 15-30% bringing their prices down to $65 and $67 respectively.

This is really going to put the heat on Intel and their Celeron range, as consumers now have a very cost effective solutions. Cut price AMD quad core CPUs are certainly something one can't ignore and there's no doubt this move is in reflection of AMD's x86 market share dropping by 16%. Will this be enough to win them back some fans?

 

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