AMD has cut the wholesale price of its dual-core desktop and laptop processors to better compete with Intel on the market.
Users will soon find out whether their PC suppliers will pass on the savings from using AMD processors.
AMD’s top-five desktop Athlon 64 X2 processors and its Turion ML notebook processor are now cheaper by the 1,000, and more in line with the prices charged by Intel for similar chips.
For instance, the Athlon 64 X2 4800+ processor saw its price fall from $803 (£473) to $643, and the Turion ML-44 was reduced from $525 to $354.
The prices are only a rough guide, as most major PC suppliers negotiate their own prices direct with the chip manufacturers.
Dual-core chips have two pieces of silicon on the wafer to boost processing speeds.