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AMD cuts desktop processor prices

AMD cuts desktop processor prices

AMD has announced its latest round of desktop processor price cuts. Pick up a high clocked quad-core for a little over £100!

AMD has announced its latest round of desktop processor price cuts which will help to make quad-core even more accessible to mainstream customers.

The company is seemingly unable to compete with Intel at the high end, but with its flagship Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition processor now listed at $186 per chip in 1,000 unit quantities on the official price list.

Here's a full breakdown of the price cuts:

AMD cuts desktop processor prices

By contrast, Intel's Core 2 Quad Q6600 is the company's cheapest quad-core processor and that's currently listed at $193 per CPU; that's also in 1,000 unit trays and for many, it's probably still the most attractive quad-core on the market.

The problem I see for AMD really comes from Intel's range of dual-core processors though – while quad-core processors are becoming more and more accessible, one has to ask whether a much higher clocked dual-core is enough for most of us. Even in this day and age, many tasks still aren't suited to quad-cores and so you'll find a quick dual-core is more than enough.

Some would argue that a triple-core Phenom is the answer, but as we found in our X3 8750 review, they're not the best all round solution – if anything, testing the X3 made us want to spend that little bit more on a quad-core.

Regardless of that though, AMD's price cuts will be welcome news for anyone looking to upgrade an AM2 system.

Thinking of upgrading? Tell us about it in the forums.

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Phil Rhodes 2nd September 2008, 14:36 Quote
Can I put a quad core in my Foxconn C51-XEM2AA motherboard?

I run After Effects all the time and it eats CPU cores with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

P
OleJ 2nd September 2008, 14:55 Quote
@Phil: I think your problem lies in you pouring food over your motherboard to speed up After Effects :p
(And sorry, no I don't have a clue about your question. The Foxconn website should be able to tell you though?)
Xir 2nd September 2008, 15:33 Quote
...are there any S939 dual cores left out there?

About the Q6600...I see it in two variants 105W and 95W, but both have the same designation...

BX80562Q6600 Just the Stepping?

Quad-Core "Kentsfield" - TDP: 95W - 65nm - Stepping: G0
Quad-Core "Kentsfield" - TDP: 105W - 65nm - Stepping: B3

Which one is preferable (to run at 3 Ghz) ;-)
Mongoose132 2nd September 2008, 15:41 Quote
But the cheaper intel dual cores are far faster than the AMD offerings, and, I think, are still cheaper
liratheal 2nd September 2008, 15:43 Quote
*******s. I buy a C2D, they cut the price, I buy a Phenom, they cut the price.

Ahwell.
chrisb2e9 2nd September 2008, 16:00 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xir
...are there any S939 dual cores left out there?

About the Q6600...I see it in two variants 105W and 95W, but both have the same designation...

BX80562Q6600 Just the Stepping?

Quad-Core "Kentsfield" - TDP: 95W - 65nm - Stepping: G0
Quad-Core "Kentsfield" - TDP: 105W - 65nm - Stepping: B3

Which one is preferable (to run at 3 Ghz) ;-)


Both will do 3.0ghz but the G0 will do it a bit cooler.
Of course it doesn't matter as you would be hard pressed to actually find and buy a brand new B3 stepping q6600. They stopped making them when the were replaced with the G0 stepping.
someone correct me if I am wrong.
p3n 2nd September 2008, 18:26 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by liratheal
*******s. I buy a C2D, they cut the price, I buy a Phenom, they cut the price.

Ahwell.

Punishment for defecting from the mighty Chipzilla!
outlawaol 2nd September 2008, 20:37 Quote
Those are decent prices for X2 cores. Although they are for sure AM2 socket? More or less cause I have a 939 socket in my 'media' pc.

I just built my folks a intel duo system and paid $120 for their 'cheapest' core, actually just got it and clocked it up to 2.6ghz stable (so far).

Go AMD! Lower those prices! Your stuff is still great! (interestingly my 3600+ X2 boots up just as fast as my quad core, and its pushing 2-3 years now!)

:)
r4tch3t 2nd September 2008, 22:13 Quote
Hmmm, nearly cheap enough for me to get a X2 and mobo than to find a 939 x2.
ssj12 2nd September 2008, 23:05 Quote
123 for a tri-core.. tempting honestly but I'm waiting for their noma cores.
johnmustrule 3rd September 2008, 02:57 Quote
just so i know, if I buy that black eddition is another am2 line gonna come out and obsolet me really fast?
Xir 3rd September 2008, 08:46 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisb2e9
...as you would be hard pressed to actually find and buy a brand new B3 stepping q6600. ...

Just checked a priceguide for the German market.
I get 99 retailers for B3, and only 28 for G0...

Someone is selling off there stocks :)

Also..I find 0 S939 X2's :(
sandys 3rd September 2008, 10:31 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by johnmustrule
just so i know, if I buy that black eddition is another am2 line gonna come out and obsolet me really fast?

Something will always come out that will be faster but AMD have roadmapped the 45nm stuff on AM2+ so it should be fine for a while.

Annoying the price cut as I just bought and X4 BE, always the way though, I've compared my overclocked chip with a friends Q6600 and theres not a lot in it performance wise 3.12Ghz X4 vs 3.2Ghz C2Q, my motherboard was about £50 cheaper than the equivalent Intel board with Tri SLI etc. so in the end AMD still provide decent value performance, if not the ultimate performance.
roshan 5th September 2008, 09:11 Quote
I'll wait for core i 7
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