AMD unveils 3 processors in sub-$100 category; 2 quad-core CPUs also debut

January 26, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Two Athlon IIs and a Phenom II form the latest line up at the house of AMD. The three processors, aimed at budget Windows 7 desktops, come under the sub-$100 category.  These apart, two quad core desktop CPUs costing above $100 has also been unveiled by Advanced Micro Devices.

AMD has brought to the market the budget category in view of the demand for low-priced Windows 7 PCs at a time when the economic recession has been at its peak.  While the Athlon II X2 255 has been rolled out with a thermal design power of 65 watts and a clock speed of 3.1 GHz, the triple-core Athlon II X3 440 comes with a thermal design power of 95 watts and a clock speed of 3.0 GHz. The third dual-core AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition boasts of a thermal design power of 80 watts and clock speed of 3.2 GHz. While the first one will be offered for $74 if computer makers buy batches of 1,000 units, the latter two chips would come for $84 and $99, respectively, for batches of 1,000.

Meanwhile, AMD quad-core products – Athlon II X4 635 and the Phenom II X4 910e – would be offered for $119 and $169, respectively.

The Athlon II X4 635 would cover 2.9 GHz and requires 95 watts of thermal design power, and the Phenom II X4 910e would need 65 watts and runs at 2.6 GHz.

(Via  Information Week)

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