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AMD launches Phenom II X2 550 for just $102

AMD launches Phenom II X2 550 for just $102

AMD's new CPUs will cost very little and should provide either two extra cores or quite possibly a wealth of extra performance overhead.

COMPUTEX 2009: At 3.1GHz this quad core dual core CPU should launch at an incredibly inexpensive $102. It has a 2.0GHz HTT clock 1MB L2 cache (512k per core) and a huge 6MB L3 cache, as well as support for AM2+ and AM3 sockets offering both DDR2 and DDR3 memory. Oh, and it’s a Black Edition too – so unlocked multiplier Overclocking is a go!

The actual CPU underneath is still a quad core product, but with just two cores disabled, so maybe the Phenom II X2 550 with the extra two hidden cores enabled thanks to Gigabyte’s efforts on its 785G (and other ACC supporting motherboards with SB710/SB750), could yield the cheapest 3.0GHz quad core platform out there!

In addition to the 550, the Athlon II X2 250 was also launched, offering similar specs to the 550, thoughit will run at a fractionally slower 3GHz core clock. It has 2GHz HTT, 1MB L2 cache (512k per core) and it supports both AM2+/AM3 sockets for DDR2 and DDR3.

The greatest change is that this is the first 45nm Athlon product and the only AM3 CPU with no L3 cache. At $87 it’s an extremely cheap 3GHz product, and despite not being a Black Edition unlocked product, we’re very keen to see its overclocking potential since it only has a 65W TDP.

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AMD launches Phenom II X2 550 for just $102 AMD launches its Phenom II X2 550 for just $102 AMD launches Phenom II X2 550 for just $102 AMD launches its Phenom II X2 550 for just $102

AMD launches Phenom II X2 550 for just $102 AMD launches its Phenom II X2 550 for just $102 AMD launches Phenom II X2 550 for just $102 AMD launches its Phenom II X2 550 for just $102

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dec 4th June 2009, 13:03 Quote
I hope this thing gives those cheap core 2 duos a run for their money. *crossed fingers for better overclocking than phenom ii x3's and x4's* cmon 4ghz on air!
Ninja_182 4th June 2009, 13:06 Quote
Will we be getting a review of this? Im in the market for a faster dual core. This is very relavent to my interests.
NethLyn 4th June 2009, 15:35 Quote
Looks nice in a "because they can do it" kind of way, but only a review will prove if it's a better buy than the Phenom II X3 720 BE.
Paradigm Shifter 4th June 2009, 16:01 Quote
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Is it that AMD have too many quads on their hands or something? Because I'd have thought that unless you were fairly lucky, getting one of these chips and unlocking the extra cores would stand a good chance of presenting a core either broken in style or not capable of running at the speeds given.

But then, AMD aren't saying 'buy our dual cores and get a free upgrade to quad core with xyz motherboard' so if a chip doesn't work, no one can go crying... ;)
Ending Credits 4th June 2009, 17:25 Quote
~£75 is still pretty good value considering the E8400 is £130

£70 for a 250
Denis_iii 4th June 2009, 18:33 Quote
cracking value considering if your lucky u can turn it into a 3.1ghz quad core with no issues and if luckier can have it stable at 3.6ghz
Madness_3d 4th June 2009, 19:13 Quote
I posted this in the hardware forum 2 days ago, got no replies. With the scan £80 price for the 550

My contributions are valued :|

still very nice chip though
Denis_iii 5th June 2009, 17:22 Quote
lol never saw your post Madness
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