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AMD Drops Phenom And Athlon Prices


AMD Drops Phenom And Athlon Prices

AMD may not be able to compete with Intel on performance at the high end, but in the mid-range - where those of us constrained by budgets are looking - the battle is all about price, and AMD has just slashed a whole bunch. From quad-core Phenom X4s all the way down to dual-core Athlon X2s, 10 AMD CPUs have seen some fairly significant cuts.

As ever, pricing is per 1,000-unit tray, in US$, so working out UK on-the-street pricing requires a bit of guess work, but the percentage changes should be pretty similar. The new pricing scheme lines up as follows:

Intel's cheapest quad-core CPU, the Q6600, currently sits at $193 per 1,000, now some $50 more than AMD's offering; although Intel's is a faster chip - to say nothing of its overclocking capabilities. In AMD's favour, however, its cheapest tri-core Phenom X3 now sits at a lower price than a couple of Intel's dual-core offerings. If multi-tasking performance is of more importance than out-and-out clock speed than AMD may well have the better option at a sub-£100 price point.

Besides which, being able to get more for your money is never something to complain about!

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