Today AMD has launched a CPU that, or the first time in a while, may give Intel a run for its money in respective price ranges.
Based on the native 6-core “Thuban” series, the Phenom II X6 1090T and 1055T are available NOW at $310 and $210 respectively. This puts them in direct competition with Intel’s quad-core 8-thread i7 930 (which they quietly launched last month, at $299) and quad-core 4-thread 95 750 (which can now be had for $199).
Note however, that the 1090T’s price is a little inflated right now – the actual price once the hype settles down will be more like $285, which puts it up against the Lynnfield based Core i7 860 instead.
As you can see from this table, AMD offers more cores for the same price, and with Turbo technology, those cores will be even faster in non-threaded applications.
Base Clock Speed
Final Stage Cache
|Core i7 980X Extreme Edition||Gulftown||3.33 GHz||3.60 GHz||6/12||12MB||130W||$1050|
|Phenom II X6 1090T||Thuban||3.20 GHz||3.60 GHz||6/6||6MB||125W||$310 (MSRP $285)|
|Core i7 930||Bloomfield||2.80 GHz||3.06 GHz||4/8||8MB||130W||$289|
|Core i7 860||Lynnfield||2.80 GHz||3.46 GHz||4/8||8MB||95W||$280|
|Phenom II X6 1055T||Thuban||2.80 GHz||3.30 GHz||6/6||6MB||125W||$205|
|Core i5 750||Lynnfield||2.66 GHz||3.20 GHz||4/4||8MB||95W||$199|
|Phenom II X4 965||Deneb||3.40 GHz||4/4||6MB||125W||$185|
Our review will be a little bit late though – give us about a week. We’ll find out for sure whether six-threads-for-the-price-of-four is as exciting as it sounds.