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01/04/2001 11:47 AM ID: 2449 Permalink   

Intel's New, Cheaper Pentium 4 - Great Deal, or Marketing Ploy?


In an attempt to boost unseasonably low chip sales, Intel is bringing to market a cheaper, slower version of its new Pentium 4 chip. The 1.3GHz Pentium 4 is designed to appeal to buyers on a budget.

Analysts, however, are not impressed. "I just think this is an intelligence test for the buying public," one said. Many believe that the older Pentium III outperforms the 1.3 GHz model, is less expensive, and more compatible with current software.

"As far as most software, including office productivity suites, the 1GHz Pentium 3 is going to be faster," he continues. Intel says they are trying to provide the right chips for everyone, and that those using the latest games will see a difference.

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