by Anton Shilov
02/02/2011 | 10:55 PM
Advanced Micro Devices this week reduced prices of its desktop Phenom II central processing units (CPUs) aimed at performance-demanding end-users. As a result of the price-cut, six-core microprocessors from AMD got more affordable.
AMD's highest-performing chip at present - AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition - dropped by 9% and now costs $239. The most affordable six-core processor on the planet - Phenom II X6 1055T - also got a 12% price-cut and is now priced at $175 officially, which means that in several weeks it will cost even less.
In general, AMD's Phenom II processors with four or six cores became 2% - 13% cheaper, which is a good news for consumers looking forward performance-mainstream systems.
The price-cut of AMD happens just as its rival Intel Corp. halts sales of its latest Sandy Bridge chips due to a chipset-related flaw and will have to rely on previous-generation products in Q1 2011. The events are completely unrelated, but the lack of high-end chips from the rival and better affordability of Phenom II will allow AMD to more efficiently compete against Intel on the desktop CPU market.