AMD Phenom X4 retail prices surface

If we ever had some doubt that AMD would be able to deliver its desktop quad-core processors in time for Christmas, there are now signs that a release of the CPUs may be closer than we previously thought: Several online stores have published retail prices of AMD's new processors, indicating how AMD's new CPUs will be competing with Intel's Penryn processors. Curious minds anticipating the launch of the new processors can check Google's Product Search as well as the usual suspects such as to see in which price range AMD's Phenom CPU may land. At this time, three CPUs are being published. The 2.2 GHz Phenom X4 9500, the 2.3 GHz 9600 and the 2.4 GHz 9700. While we always have to take these pre-launch prices with a grain of salt, it is already clear that AMD will be aggressive in its pricing and is unlikely to be able to attack Intel in the $500+ segment.

The 9500 is currently indicated to hit the retail market in the $260-$270 range; the 9600 could be available for prices between $290 and $300 and the 9700 is listed for prices between $310 and $330. These numbers would put the new Phenoms squarely against Intel's new Penryn quad-core desktop processors, which are scheduled to debut with the high-end QX9650 next Monday. According to sources, Intel will not deviate from the pricing strategy that has been in place since the introduction of the Core architecture in July of last year. Its high-end enthusiast chip (QX9650, 3.0 GHz, 12 MB L2 cache) will launch at $999, the high-end mainstream-processor (in this case the Q9550, 2.83 GHz, 12 MB L2 cache) at $530 and the mainstream versions below at $316 (Q9450, 2.66 GHz, 12 MB L2 cache) and $266 (Q9300, 2.50 GHz, 6 MB L2 cache). History tells us that retail prices of these new processors will be substantially higher for at least several weeks after launch.

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Anyone know what motherboards will be working on these processors? I been waiting forever to start an amd quad-core system.

Phenom probably can't beat the current Q6600 which you can already buy let alone compete agianst Yorkfield.

The outlook is not good for AMD.

should i upgrade from my fx-62 processor? that thing is sweet. overclocked it to 3.4 GHz (from stock 2.8 GHz) and it's rock stable. that's with a zalman cooler too. wonder if i insert a peltier in there. should be able to clock it even further. now it's running at 39 celsius idle and 55 under heavy load. movie encoding set to one core and fear set on the other. works well!

Phenom X4 9500 (2.2GHz) - $260-$270
Phenom X4 9600 (2.3GHz) - $290-$300
Phenom X4 9700 (2.4GHz) - $310-$330

Core Quad Q9450 (2.66GHz - 12MB L2 Cache) - $316
Core Quad Q9300 (2.50GHz - 6MB L2 Carch) - $266

I'm sure Q9450/Q9300 will give AMD the run for its money ........

The Q9450 will be popular choice like E6600/Q6600....

Let's hope this, along with their new gfx series, can bring AMD back into the market (I know I know, they never left it, but for the last year the processor market has been dominated by Intel).

well, i guess its back to the good ol days when AMD stuff were cheaper than the things coming from Intel... hopefully the phenom will be as fast as the penryn in real life applications, just like how AMD built their reputation for doing what Intel can do but for cheaper...

cragdoo said,
sheesh , it's taken me up until a week ago to upgrade my system to a dual core !!! Now this !!

Yep that's technology... my main computer CPU died (Athlon XP 2500, old i know) and my backup computer it's a Celeron, I'm in urgent need of a new computer, planning a big upgrade to a Core Duo, and same, this news.... omg... Celeron is way too slow *snif*

I was looking at teh specs for these things, and it looks like they've only got 2MB L2 and 2MB L3 cache. What's up with that? Do they need less cache or something? Otherwise, I don't think I'll be down for these chips.

No they just don't need a larger one since cores are natively communicating rather then over the FSB which also amd uses HT as FSB replacement. it's different architectures, it's not always about larger numbers. it's actually 512k per core L2 which then carries through 2MB of shared L3

Dakkaroth said,
Because Canada and UK/EU always get jipped...

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Dakkaroth said,
Because Canada and UK/EU always get jipped, despite how much more their dollar's worth? :huh:

UK, EU, yes. Canada, not at all, besides cars. Most online stores has products in CAD$ value below USD$ value, try comparing vs, etc.