AMD's new Phenom II chips take on Intel

AMD adds new "Dragon" Phenom II processor models, including triple-core processors, as it tries to outdo Intel desktop price-performance.

Updated on February 9 at 12:10 a.m. PST with corrected Intel pricing.

Advanced Micro Devices added new Phenom II desktop models on Monday, including triple-core processors, in its continued attempt to outdo Intel desktop price-performance.

The Phenom II "Dragon" line of desktop processors uses AMD's new 45-nanometer technology and comprises both quad-core (X4) and triple-core (X3) parts.

The triple-core Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition processor is priced at $145, which AMD compares with Intel's Core 2 Duo (dual-core) E8400 processor, priced at $163. The quad-core X4 810 processor (2.6GHz) is priced at $175 versus the Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 processor (2.33GHz), priced at $163.

The Phenom II processors fit in either AM2+ or AM3 sockets and support DDR2 or next generation DDR3 memory technology.

Models include:

  • AMD Phenom II X4 910 - (2.6GHz)
  • AMD Phenom II X4 810 - (2.6GHz)
  • AMD Phenom II X4 805 - (2.5GHz)
  • AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition - (2.8GHz)
  • AMD Phenom II X3 710 - (2.6GHz)

The processors are available immediately, AMD said.

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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