AMD releases Athlon II X2 and Phenom II X2 Processors

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While the technology industry is concentrated on Computex this week in Taipei, AMD is taking the opportunity to introduce four new processors: two dual-core processors, and one each tri-core and quad-core processors.  The first of the new dual-core CPUs is the Athlon II X2 250, a next-generation successor to the Athlon X2 processor.  AMD removed the L3 cache from this chip, but added 1MB of L2 for each core.  The new processor is built on a 45nm process and has a TDP of 65 watts, making it an attractive option for consumers who want a powerful chip that isn’t too hard on their pocketbooks.  It will sell for $87 per chip. Interestingly, AMD has also built in the low-power C1E state directly into the chip instead of relying on the BIOS.

The second dual-core is just as interesting, with the first Phenom II dual-core chip: the Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition.  Carrying the BE label means that the CPU ships with an unlocked multiplier, a big plus for overclockers.  The new PII 550 is clocked at 3.1GHz (compared to the AII’s 3.0GHz) and has a TDP of 80W, with a suggested price point of $102.  The new 550 also offers a 6MB L3 cache.

The other two chips coming out are Phenom II X3 and X4 chips that target the low-power crowd.  The first, an X3 705e runs at 2.5GHz and has 1.5MB of L2 cache (6MB L3).  The second is the Phenom II X4 905e, also running at 2.5GHz.  It features 2MB of L2 cache and 6MB of L3.   The two chips both run at 65 watts, and will sell for $125 and $195, respectively. 

All of the new processors are AM3 packaged, so are compatible with AM2+ motheboards and DDR2 memory, or AM3 motherboards with DDR3 memory.



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