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AMD today launches three new Phenom tri-cores as well as two new Athlon chips and a low-power Phenom quad-core

AMD today launched three new Phenom X3 "50" Series triple-core processors. In addition, AMD also announced a low-power quad-core Phenom X4 processor. The new chips released by AMD are launched just days after Intel's flurry of price cuts that took place earlier this week. The price cuts considerably upped the pressure on AMD and have forced AMD to rethink its strategy, especially because the company has mainly been attempting to stay competitive with Intel offerings through price.

All three of the new chips sport AMD's X3 moniker, which signifies that they are triple-core chips. The AMD Phenom X3 8750, the fastest of the new tri-core chips, runs at 2.4  GHz and is priced at $195. The Phenom X3 8650 runs at 2.3 GHz and is priced at $165. Bottom on the list is the Phenom X3 8450, which runs at 2.1 GHz and is priced at $145.  

These new Phenom X3 processors are based on AMD's B3 stepping. The Phenom X3 processors that were delivered to OEM partners earlier were based on AMD's B2 revision,which sufferred from a nasty bug in the Translation Lookaside Buffer (TLB) in the L3 cache.  

AMD is attempting to make its new Phenom chips more attractive by combining them with the company's 780 series chipset. According to the company, the duo will offer consumers "a full HD experience."

AMD says the new processors will give consumers a more balanced option compared to NVIDIA and Intel. "On one side, we have Nvidia saying that the only thing that matters is graphics. On the other side, Intel is saying that the only thing that matters is the processor. AMD offers a balanced platform that doesn't overemphasize one really expensive component over another really expensive component," said Brent Berry, AMD product marketing manager.

AMD's low-power quad-core Phenom X4 was also launched today. Dubbed the Phenom X4 9100e, the new chip has a total Thermal Design Power of 65 watts. Comparatively, AMD's standard Phenom X4 chips have a 95 watt thermal envelope.   

In addition to the three new tri-core chips and low-power quad-core processor, AMD also updated its low-end offerings with two new 45-watt processors; the Athlon X2 4450e and X2 4050e. As the name indicates, the new chips are based on AMD's Athlon architecture. Both chips are dual-core and respectively run at 2.3 GHz and 2.1 GHz.


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RE: AMD is right
By xsilver on 4/24/2008 4:11:42 AM , Rating: 5
I think this is done deliberately though, with computers being commodity items a lot of them are sold as low margin devices that need upgrades or service. This is where the sharks come in and make the $$$.

You say the majority of people dont need more than a dual core 1.8 ghz. I say the majority (word processing, surfing, playing multimedia) dont need more than a p4 3ghz. The problem though is that most novice users heap a whole lot of unnecessary junk/spam programs and rather than clearing that up they just think that they need a new "faster" computer.


RE: AMD is right
By Gastrian on 4/24/2008 7:37:16 AM , Rating: 2
Not so sure about that. Most of the bulk boxed PCs I've sold in previous jobs had no upgrade options via the manufacturer/builder. When I worked in an independant store we were unable to sell certain Dell customers graphic card upgrades as Dell glued the cards to the AGP slots.


RE: AMD is right
By wordsworm on 4/24/2008 9:03:31 AM , Rating: 2
Thank-you for reminding me why I stay the *ell away from Dell. That's the heck of a dirty trick - gluing a card into an AGP slot. Was there any warning to the customer?


RE: AMD is right
By xsilver on 4/24/2008 9:05:12 AM , Rating: 2
Well if you're going to glue AGP slots down that makes it even better in a way.
"oh you want to upgrade that POS graphics card? sorry its fixed so you have to buy a new system"
chaching! another $1k system sold ;)

The other reason is of course with dell/hp systems is that they use propiatary parts so you cant just upgrade them with regular parts, your regular mum/dad customer doesnt know that so when it comes time to replace the PSU they have no idea why it costs $90.


RE: AMD is right
By eye smite on 4/24/2008 10:50:15 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah, Dell is notorious for pulling crap like that. This 3 year old compaq cost me $28 to put another gig of ram in and $43 to change the socket 939 3500+ up to a dual core 4200+. Nice upgrade path and low money spent on an older machine. :-)


RE: AMD is right
By PICBoy on 4/24/2008 10:13:20 AM , Rating: 1
You are absolutely right, last night a friend of mine ask me for help with his new Windows Vista laptop, it's a Pentium Dual-Core with 1 GB of RAM. He paid more than 1000K for that POS and it was so slow...
I asked if he really needed all the crap that was loaded at the start and in fact he never used any of it. He didn't even knew about the Aero.
I took a lot of the stuff that make Vista so slow but in the end, his 3 year old computer was still faster with Windows XP than his NEW laptop and he even had to admit it.


RE: AMD is right
By Belard on 4/24/2008 6:49:54 PM , Rating: 2
He should get a refund... whats the point to downgrade to a new computer if its SLOWER than your previous system? 1 year is bad enouhg... 3 years?!


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