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The Phenom II family is currently in dire straits really. The lack of a new competitive microarchitecture on AMD’s hands makes the Phenom II processors inferior to Intel’s modern products if you compare models with the same clock rate and number of cores. The only way for AMD to survive on the CPU market is to exploit the price factor and the company has been using it most flexibly by bringing new CPU models into those market niches which are not occupied by Intel's product range. We've got another illustration today: AMD has released new, somewhat faster modifications of its dual- and quad-core CPUs and extended its six-core series to attract more users with a carefully thought-out combination of consumer properties and price.

For example, AMD offers its six-core products in the price segment where Intel offers only quad-core ones. As a result, heavy multithreaded applications run very fast on the Phenom II X6 series. The new Phenom II X6 1075T extends the choice of inexpensive six-core CPUs, covering the price gap between the 1090T and 1055T. We guess this new in-between model will make AMD’s six-core processors more popular.

The quad-core Phenom II X4 970 looks most appealing in its price category, too. Why? Because it is pitted against Intel’s dual-core solutions and wins!

The dual-core Phenom II X2 560 didn’t look well in our performance tests against its Intel opponents. However, it is appealing for another reason. There is high probability of transforming this cheap dual-core CPU into a full-featured quad-core CPU with quite high performance. If viewed from this standpoint, the Phenom II X2 560 may be appreciated by thrifty enthusiasts.

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