We couldn’t give much details in our Core i5 Review, but AMD let us know that they would be introducing a bunch of new CPUs to compete with Intel in the $99 – 170 price range. They have announced them today, and we will have a full review up in the near future.
Here’s how the new CPUs look:
|Price||Cores||Speed||L2 Cache||L3 Cache||TDP|
|Athlon II X2 255||$74||2||3.1 GHz||2 x 1 MB||65 W|
|Athlon II X3 440||$84||3||3.0 GHz||3 x 512 KB||95 W|
|Phenom II X2 555 BE||$99||2||3.2 GHz||2 x 512 MB||6 MB||80 W|
|Athlon II X4 635||$119||4||2.9 GHz||4 x 512 MB||95 W|
|Phenom II X4 910e||$169||4||2.6 GHz||4 x 512 MB||6 MB||65 W|
The X2 255 supplants the X2 250, and the X3 440 replaces the X3 435, with speed bumps of 100 MHz each. Nothing too interesting there.
At $99 though, we are seeing the first dual-core Phenom II in a long time. AMD says this is their fastest dual-core ever, and being a Black Edition means it has an unlocked multiplier. It should make for a very formidable opponent against the Core i3; it already has the advantage of being $25 cheaper (not including motherboard prices). It is also based on the newest Phenom II silicon (C3) and should be a killer overclocker. We’ll have to find out this week ;)
The X4 635 supplants the 630, which drops in price to $99. If you recall, the X4 620 (which was $99 at the time) was the real star of our Clarkdale review, giving you a real quad-core performance for just $99. And because of today’s release, you get one clocked 200 MHz higher for the same price, and the option to move up even more for $120.
And finally, the X4 910e is a low-wattage solution, with a 65 W max TDP.
I can’t wait to put these to the test, and it is interesting that PC buyers have the choice of going for a high-clocked dual-core with an open multiplier or a true quad-core CPU for the same $99 price point.