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Following the announcement of the first Phenom X3s in late March, AMD took Wednesday to flesh out its product offerings.
Three Phenom X3s were announced: the X3 8750 (2.4-GHz), for $195; the X3 8650 (2.3-GHz), for $165; and the X3 8450 (2.1-GHz) for $145. All three are shipping now, and are designed for the AMD 780 chipset.
The new processors will be pawns in the pricing war fought between AMD and Intel, which made its own pricing moves earlier this week, slicing the price of one quad-core chip in half. Intel’s 2.66-GHz Q6700 is now priced at $266, slightly higher than AMD’s triple-core parts. But its dual-core Core 2 Duo E8300 (6M Cache, 2.83 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB) is priced at $163, and the Core 2 Duo Processor E7200 (3M Cache, 2.53 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) lists for $133.
“In today’s market customers are too often forced to weigh the benefits of one component over another while sifting through one-sided marketing claims,” said Leslie Sobon, AMD’s director of product and brand management, in a statement. “AMD is the only company in the world that is able to deliver a balanced platform solution without compromising performance, delivering a thrilling visual experience and powerful multi-threaded application performance.”
The company said Nor-Tech, Cyberpower, and Maingear would use the chip, among others.
Maybe a ray of hope for AMD but i doubt it