AMD Introduces New Budget CPUs

AMD's Sempron range is designed to give Intel's Celeron a run for its money.

AMD has today announced its new Sempron processors, a name that sounds more like a headache tablet than a CPU. No doubt AMD is hoping that the new range of CPUs will pain Intel greatly. The Sempron will go up against Intel’s Celeron brand in the budget space with Athlon 64 occupying the high end, in the same way that Duron lined up against the Athlon XP.

The new chips are aimed at people who don’t need the fastest thing out there but want machines that can comfortably deal with everyday tasks such as downloading music, and video and photo editing.


The Semprons will be available for both desktop and mobile markets. Seven speed ratings of desktop Semprons are available now, ranging from 2200+ up to 3100+.

The mobile 2200+ and 2600+ for full-size notebooks and 2600+ and 2800+ for lightweight notebooks will be available in August.

HP has already announced machines that will use the new CPUs, as has the Nenovo Group in China. Other OEMs lined up to use the Sempron include Acer, Medion and Twinhead.

Full details of pricing can be found at, but you’ll have to want to buy 1000 of them at once for the prices to be relevant.

We currently have a Sempron on our test bed right now so be sure to come back on Friday for a full review.

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