AMD Introduces Sub-$100 Phenom II Microprocessor

AMD Releases Five New Central Processing Units

by Anton Shilov
01/25/2010 | 10:50 PM

Advanced Micro Devices on Monday released five new microprocessors, among which there is the company’s first Phenom II chip that costs less than $100, which is also the company’s highest-performing dual-core product, energy-efficient high-speed quad-core central processing unit as well as value processors that strengthen AMD’s lineup on the entry-level market.

 

The new processors belong to AMD Athlon II and AMD Phenom II families and thus come in AM3 form-factor (while maintaining compatibility with AM2+ platforms), feature integrated dual-channel DDR2/DDR3 memory controller and are made using 45nm silicon-on-insulator process technology. Technology-wise, the new processors only differ from predecessors with clock-speeds and pricing, some also sport new C3 stepping of the core that adds C1E power consumption reduction technology. 

AMD's New Processors Introduced on 25th of January

Name

No. of Cores

Clock-speed

L2 cache

L3 cache

TDP

Price

Phenom II X4 910e

4

2.60GHz

2MB

6MB

65W

$169

Athlon II X4 635

4

2.90GHz

2MB

-

95W

$113

Athlon II X3 440

3

3.0GHz

1.5MB

-

95W

$84

Phenom II X2 555 BE

2

3.20GHz

1MB

6MB

80W

$99

Athlon II X2 255

2

3.10GHz

1MB

-

65W

$74

Even though AMD’s Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition processor is AMD’s fastest dual-core chip, and the only Phenom II that costs less than $100, it will not be able to beat Intel Corp.’s latest dual-core offerings. Still, it has one benefit: unlocked multiplier, which greatly eases overclocking process.

The new central processing units will help AMD to improve its competitive position in its never-ending battle against Intel Corp.