AMD Phenom X4 processor pricing update

Different to a report unveiled earlier this month, a new pricing scheme for Phenom X4 processors would mean that AMD is ready to undercut similar Intel "Penryn" quad core processors when they are released next Monday.

The new Phenom processors are based on the K10 micro-architecture and will be aimed directly towards Intel's Core 2 family. On launch date you can expect three models to be available, all Phenom X4s which means they will carry four cores and a 2+2MB L2/L3 Cache: the 9700 (2.4GHz), 9600 (2.3GHz), and 9500 (2.2GHz).

According to sources close to AMD distribution channels we got word that volume pricing for these processors would look like this next Monday:
Phenom X4 9700 / 2400MHz / 4MB Cache / 2000MHz HT / 125W - $279
Phenom X4 9600 / 2300MHz / 4MB Cache / 1800MHz HT / 95W - $269
Phenom X4 9500 / 2200MHz / 4MB Cache / 1800MHz HT / 95W - $239

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ok so dumb question probably, but im looking to upgrade my AMD x2 5000+ dual core to a newer processor in a month or two...and I was looking at a Core 2 duo e6750.....heres the dumb part....should I still go with the 6750, or wait and get a quad core intel or amd? i want something that can handle photoshop/games/raring/unraring files mostly.

SirEvan said,
ok so dumb question probably, but im looking to upgrade my AMD x2 5000+ dual core to a newer processor in a month or two...and I was looking at a Core 2 duo e6750.....heres the dumb part....should I still go with the 6750, or wait and get a quad core intel or amd? i want something that can handle photoshop/games/raring/unraring files mostly.

Better get quad core since new games/applications will surely support more cores. and having more cores will eventually result in a better performance once new applications are released and can use those cores as needed.

your processor is ok so if it's not that urgent, wait for quads

Beastage said,
What a horrible naming scheme... 9700? in case they didn't notice , they had a radeon 9700 some years ago.

What does that have to do with CPU's?

9700 as in 97 times more powerful than a 100MHz pentium. They aren't going to reduce the speed because the company the bought had a graphics card with the same name a number of years ago.

I like the naming scheme lol its a nice dig at intel, to the average consumer amd 9700 is gonna lookbetter than most of intels offerings.

Sorry if this is a dumb question and I missed the answer somewhere, but what socket do these new processors use? Is it still AM2?

Edit:: That'll teach me not to read the originating article. They are AM2 based.

The ones I have seen show it about 10% slower than equally clocked kentsfield 65nm based C2Qs clock per clock. Also since penryn/wolfdale based 45nm C2Qs are about 10% faster than 65nm C2Qs that still leaves a large gap - hence the "undercutting the core 2" just like the new HD3800 series they aren't in it to win it anymore

Because that would confuse all the AMD fanboys out there. They expect a magical "+" number that tells them how much faster than a Pentium it is. Not that Intel makes Pentiums anymore...

Things don't look to good for AMD right now. They are in a lot of debt and they can't get their new stuff out the door. To make matter worse is that Intel is selling a product that already beats it and will be updating it with a faster version.

If these are truly supported by the current AM2 architecture boards I can see what my next upgrade will be. Currently have a 4200+ X2 (64) and the dual core is nice so I can see how 2 more cores will definately help with performance without having to upgrade my MD.

Three chips at 100mhz and $10 apart? Boring. Wake me when they have something that can compete with the QX9650, or even the Q6700.

eilegz said,
which its not a real quad core.

Native quad core or not the Q series still has 4 processor cores on one substrate and regardless the Core 2's design doesnt need to be on one die - AMDs due to the ODMC it's a necessity thus making manufacturing processes harder and yeilds lower than what Intel can do with their products so I guess there really isn't any way to rebuke the comment made by the previous poster.

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