Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Charlie perplexed

Charlie at INQ was deeply puzzled by Intel's PR, but he was wrong to call Intel dumb. Intel was actually trying to be smart. The game is called bait and switch.

You see. First, Intel pumps up the Xeon 51XX with numbers. Hooked so far? Thinking about spending a grand? Now, at the end of the PR, there is a Xeon 50xx price list. Not $2000, not $1000, not $500, not $200, but $177, yes, $177. "Dual-Core Intel Xeon 5050 3GHz, 2x2MB L2, $177". "Wow!", you say, so good yet so cheap, reaching for your wallet.

Remember, Intel still has 103K people to feed and it needs to sell some chips today instead of 4 weeks later.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So true ! Intel has to feed over 100k empl.'s. and btw, Woodcrest/Conroe/Merom is not a BIG success for Intel, but a small one. It has no chance against K8/K8L architecture bacause is 3-4 generations behind AMD's architecture... Intel hurry ;)

10:37 PM, May 24, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, nearly all the benchmarks out on Conroe show that it beats the K8 by rather large margins. The K8L is a different story, as it won't be released for another year or so.

6:05 AM, May 25, 2006  

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