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AMD announces updates to Phenom chip line

Company unveils a long-anticipated batch of high-end quad-core chips as well as the PC world's first triple-core chip.

As had been expected, AMD on Wednesday announced updates to its Phenom processor line, including four new high-end quad-core chips it claims "can improve performance for gaming and multi-threaded applications," according to a company release. Among those new chips is the Phenom X4 9850, which CNET has already reviewed.

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The chipmaker also announced that it is shipping its triple-core Phenom processors, a first for the PC market, as Brooke Crothers of CNET's Blogger Network details in a related blog post.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company further announced what it calls "the world's first energy-efficient desktop quad-core processor, providing customers with a cool and quiet digital media workhorse." The Phenom X4 9100e operates at a maximum of 65 watts.