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AMD Overhauls Athlons

Gordon Kelly


AMD Overhauls Athlons

It has taken something of a pummelling from Intel in recent years, but AMD is looking to make a decent fist of things once more with the likes of Congo (found in the Acer Ferrari One) and Vision. Now it has also bolstered its CPU offering with new Athlons...

The chip giant has unveiled its refreshed Athlon II line-up with the addition of two quad cores (the X4 2.3GHz '605e' and 2.2GHz '600e'), four triple cores (the X3 2.9GHz '435', 2.7GHz '425' and 2.3GHz '405e') and two dual core processors (the X2 2.8GHz '240e' and 2.7GHz '235e'). All have reduced TDPs of 45W, other than the 95W triple cores and will suit all budgets with prices ranging from just $69 for the X2 235e to an still highly affordable $143 for the X4 605e (full price breakdown is below).

OEMs partnered up for the new line include heavyweights such as Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo. Furthermore, AMD promises reduced heat and noise across the board so we should see some pretty sleek new models off the back of them - particularly in the media sector. AMD nettops, anyone?

The new Athlon II line goes immediately on sale so expect machines to start popping up between now and Christmas.


AMD Athlon II Processors Homepage


October 20, 2009, 8:18 pm

A quad core with a 45W TDP and for $140 - that's nuts. This chip looks like it might make waves in HTPC and home server land...


October 21, 2009, 1:15 pm

45W?! Whoa, time to upgrade my MoDT machines!


October 22, 2009, 5:14 pm

I still think the 3.1Ghz Phenom II X2 with 6MB L3 Cache I picked up for £65 is a bargain. The savings on the motherboard and with decent integrated graphics compared to an Intel system make it extremely good value. It has an 80 watt TDP but in reality it never gets close. Great system.

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