AMD Offers Five New Phenoms

Arthur Cole

Even while Intel concentrates on recharging its high-end Itanium line, AMD is looking to gain some ground on the all-important PC space.

The company unveiled five new designs for its Phenom II, including a pair of triple-core devices designed to offer a boost on processing power at a better price point than its quad-core chips.

All the chips are built on the 45 nm process and can be easily integrated into current board designs due to their ability to fit into multiple sockets and their support for both DDR2 and DDR3 memory.

The line consists of the 2.5 GHz Phenom II X4 805 and the 2.6 GHz X4 810 and 910 quad-core models, as well as the 2.6 GHz X3 710 and 2.8 GHz X3 720 Black Edition tri-cores. The quads are priced about $20 less than comparable Intel quads, while the tri's are $5 less than the 2.33 GHz Core 2 Quad8200s.

AMD is apparently counting on both price and relative performance to cut into Intel's dominance, which is apparently why the company is forging ahead with a triple-core strategy. It's a move that could produce benefits if the economic downturn proves more resilient than most people expect-that is, of course, unless Intel sees fit to cut its prices again.

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