The AMD Phenom II X4 Officially Arrives

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amd-phenom-x4“It’s been awhile, AMD. How have you been? I see you’ve improved your CPU chips quite a bit since the last time we’ve met.”

The AMD Phenom II X4 is a lot like the AMD Radeon HD 4800 series; it doesn’t take the performance crown, but it remains competitive thanks to some smart pricing. Well that is until Intel crashes the party with their rumored price cuts.

At this point in time, the $275 USD AMD Phenom II X4 940 (3.0 GHz) is positioned to take on the $266 USD Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 (2.66 GHz). Meanwhile, its little brother, the $235 USD AMD Phenom II X4 920 (2.8 GHz) is positioned to take on the Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 (2.5 GHz). If things remain the way they are, AMD will win these two “mainstream” price points, however if Intel issues price cuts to the faster Q9650 (3.0 GHz) and Q9550 (2.83 GHz).

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