Athlon 64 X2 3GHZ at $239
Athlon 64 X2 2.2GHZ at $99, X2 3GHZ at $239 (out of stock already). I hope AMD has enough stock of these.
AMD's pricing is disruptive, considering that Intel's Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66GHZ) is sold at $509. AMD enjoys a 2x price/performance advantage.
The K10 killer will be demoed later this month. AMD should put an Intel box next to the K10, and show that the K10 is 40% faster. It should be noted that on the day K10 is demoed, Intel will cut prices significantly.
AMD's game is simple. Use high clock K8 to battle Core 2 Duo, and take the high end market with K10. In floating point, K10 is 3.6x the speed of dual core K8.
Once K10 is out, all K8 and Core 2 CPUs will be sold at below $100. I expect the Core 2 Duo E6800 to be sold at $97, the E6700+ at $96, and the Athlon 64 X2 6000+ at $95, the E6430 at $94, the X2 3600+ will drop a buck to $64. The K10 CPUs will be priced from $150 to $999. Intel will suffer a violent death.
Intel can only hope K10 is not as good as AMD claims to be. Otherwise, there is no way Intel can survive.
I think even die hard Intelers must agree that AMD is better value:
With $509 you can buy a Core 2 Duo 6700, or you can spend $239 on an X2 6000+ which leaves you $270 to buy an AMD 690G MB+ 2GB ram + a 320 GB HDD. The whitebox vendors will have no problem making the right choice of CPUs.
The 2.4GHZ Athlon 64 X2 4600+ boxed CPU+fan is now at $116 with free shipping. The slower Core 2 Duo E6300 is at $181.
The Athlon 64 X2 5600+ (2.8GHZ) is at $179.