Prices Cut for i5 570 and 595 Memory and Processor Features
April 30, 2007 Timothy Prickett Morgan
IBM last week cut some feature prices on i5 570 and 595 servers to make the cost of building up processor complexes a little less expensive.
On the i5 570, IBM cut the price of a processor core activation by 27 percent to $10,500. The price to add main memory on the i5 570 was also cut, but not so much. The price of the 8/16 GB capacity upgrade on demand (CUoD) memory for the 570, feature 4496, was cut by 8 percent to $18,510; the price of a 16 GB memory increment (feature 4497) was cut by 5 percent to $30,310, while the price of a 32 GB increment (feature 4498) was chopped by 34 percent to $98,304.
On the i5 595, processor core activation prices were not cut, but IBM did mess around with memory prices. The price of a 4 GB CUoD memory card with no memory activated were cut by 14 percent to $1,518. The price for an 8 GB CUoD memory card dropped by the same 14 percent to $3,035. The 16 GB CUoD card with no memory activated costs considerably more, at $24,912, but is 20 percent cheaper than it was. The 32 GB CUoD card costs $82,592, down 23 percent. It costs $1,515 per GB to activate memory on these cards, a price that was also cut by 14 percent. The price for activating 256 GB of main memory on the i5 595 dropped by 14 percent as well, to $387,840.
Even with these price cuts, the amount of money IBM charges for System p5 and System i5 DDR2 main memory is still borderline insane. But now, there’s at least a little Prozac.