By slaveofconvention at 2009-10-21 10:21
AMD has announced a new batch of low power CPUs in Dual, Triple and Quad-core, most of which have a very low 45w TDP. In real terms this translates into much lower cooling requirements, as well as potentially smaller space requirements. Maybe we'll soon be seeing a resurgence in the SFF (small form factor) modding scene as these processors are being marketed as ideal for ultra small PC's but with the AM3 compatibility, your imagination is the limit.
The new processors all require an AM3 socket and are manufactured using a 45nm process, and should be in circulation soon. The processors are being initially aimed at OEMs for use in ultra-small desktops and PC's integrated in the back of displays, but the chances are they'll end up becoming available to enthusiasts in the same way so many other OEM only parts have in the past.
The timing of the release is interesting too - is AMD trying to ride the Windows 7 wave by any chance?
Full list of new AMD Athlon II processors:
The prices listed above are the price when buying 1000 of the processors, so expect your retailer and wholesaler both to add their cut before you get your hands on them.
- Athlon II X4 605e: 45 watts, 2.3 GHz, $143
- Athlon II X4 600e: 45 watts, 2.2 GHz, $133
- Athlon II X3 435: 95 watts, 2.9 GHz, $87
- Athlon II X3 425: 95 watts, 2.7 GHz, $76
- Athlon II X3 405e: 45 watts, 2.3 GHz, $102
- Athlon II X3 400e: 45 watts, 2.2 GHz, $97
- Athlon II X2 240e: 45 watts, 2.8 GHz, $77
- Athlon II X2 235e: 45 watts, 2.7 GHz, $69