Home > Intel > Intel Unveils Budget Itaniums; Apple Announces New iMacs, iPodsIntel Unveils Budget Itaniums; Apple Announces New iMacs, iPods Eugenia Loli 2003-09-08 Intel 12 CommentsIntel on Monday released a pair of Itanium 2 processors designed for rack-mounted servers and clusters as it attempts to expand the chip family’s reach. On other hardware releases, Apple released faster iMacs, bigger iPods. About The Author Eugenia LoliEx-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker.Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 12 Comments 2003-09-08 4:12 pm $744 dollar budget chips, isn’t that about the price of the highend opterons?I guess its all relative. 2003-09-08 4:25 pm A Sun UltraSPARC III processor costs around $4000 (depending on the speed, amount of cache,…).So yes, $744 is a budget chip. 2003-09-08 6:45 pm Just wondering why these two seemingly unrelated topics (other than the fact that they’re both “hardware releases”) are grouped together as one entry? 2003-09-08 6:51 pm They both start with the letter “i”? I don’t think they are seemingly unrelated if they’re both hardware releases (since that is an obvious relation). And looking at it the other way, why separate them? 2003-09-08 6:59 pm OSNews does not report much on hardware news. When we do, we “team up” news, so we don’t have to do individual news postings about not 100% OS news. It is better that way, instead of not posting at all about it. 2003-09-08 7:28 pm Perhaps you should have a generic “hardware news” logo to use instead of just using the logo that belongs to the first bit of news but does not applyt to the second?I know it’s a bit nit-picky, but it bothers me. Guess I’m just weird. 2003-09-08 8:52 pm Someone leaked some benchmarks about the athlon64 [http://www.tbreak.com/forums/showthread.php?&threadid=19317]which (if true) make me drool, my current system only gets 8500 3dmarks . This also makes the $1,300 1gh g4 look too pricey. 2003-09-08 11:35 pm New iPods are now 15% cheaper, probably due to stronger Aussie dollar. Unfortunately I already got mine, so no price cuts for myself. iPods are great value now because they are cheaper than Sony NetMD’s and you can’t even compare the two feature wise. 2003-09-09 1:15 am If it were possible to purchase a MotherBoard which could take this Itanium chip. I don’t hold out much of hope of it happening simply because Intel just doesn’t get it(tm) 2003-09-09 11:13 am I agree, that would truely make Itanium “comodity” if you could buy off the shelf motherboards and CPUs. Until then, its not. Cheaper then RISC, so they say, perhaps – but not comodity simply because Intel makes it. If Intel had no clones would it still be comodity due simply to its popularity? 2003-09-09 1:48 pm I agree, that would truely make Itanium “comodity” if you could buy off the shelf motherboards and CPUs. Until then, its not. Cheaper then RISC, so they say, perhaps – but not comodity simply because Intel makes it. If Intel had no clones would it still be comodity due simply to its popularity?The best way to describe it is this, lets say hypothetically I am Joe MegaComputer Corp, a new start up and I would like to specialise selling high end workstations and servers running either Linux or UNIX.I have two options, either:1) Source PowerPC chips from IBM along with montherboards, the only requirement would be a minimum order or 10,000 units per-month.2) Source SPARC motherboards and processors either directly from SUN, Fujitsu or Siemens.Where is Itanium? well, one can’t buy either Itanium CPU or motherboard either directly from Intel or a reseller. Ever tried ringing up Intel Australia and their condescending, unhelpful staff of “p*ss off unless you’re some super-duper, ultra large company who has more money than you can poke a stick at!”?IMHO, nothing would please me more than see not only Itanium but Intel die a slow and painful death. The sooner the clueless public wake up and realise that Intel ISN’T the only CPU vendor, the better. 2003-09-09 3:18 pm Supermicro is going to offer Itanium motherboards. They had been waiting for the price to drop on the chips and now with the Deerfield, it is time. The chip is cheap enough to drive sufficient volume.