AMD clearly realizes it can’t effectively compete on the extreme high-end of the processor segment with rival Intel, so it’s choosing to go after the value-minded buyers. A wise decision, and one that may just work with its (now several) sub-$100 choices.
Of particular note from the new processor offerings are the Phenom II X2 555, a very fast 3.2GHz dual-core chip for just $99, and the Athlon II X4 635, another cheap quad-core CPU at $119.
|Model||TDP||Clock speed||Price per chip (for orders of 1k+)|
|AMD Athlon II X2 255||65W||3.1GHz||$74|
|AMD Athlon II X3 440||95W||3.0GHz||$84|
|AMD Phenom II X2 555||80W||3.2GHz||$99|
|AMD Athlon II X4 635||95W||2.9GHz||$119|
|AMD Phenom II X4 910e||65W||2.6GHz||$169|
No doubt the new chips will become popular with builders on a budget. The new 910e, as well, for those looking for a quad-core solution that doesn’t suck down quite so much power. Ecofriendly, or at least ecofriendlier computers are on the rise, and people are finally starting to realize that these computers can have a very real impact on their monthly energy bills.