AMD today have launched five new processors, to replace current products, ranging from the budget Athlon II X2 260 to the Athlon II X4 610.

New Processor

Speed / Mhz

Cores

TDP

Price

Processor Replaced

Athlon II X4 640

3000

4

95W

$122

Athlon II X4 635 

Athlon II X4 610e

2400

4

45W

$143

Athlon II X4 605e

Athlon II X3 445

3100

3

95W

$87

Athlon II X3 440 

Athlon II X3 415e*

2500

3

45W

$102

Athlon II X3 405e

Athlon II X2 260

3200

2

65W

$76

Athlon II X2 255 

*The X3 415e is a 200Mhz improvement over the 405e.

All these new processors are AM3/AM2+ compatible, and the Athlon II X4 635 becomes AMD's best sub-$100 quad core processor, replacing the X4 630.  Compare that with Intel's cheapest i5 quad-core processor, the i5-750, which currently retails at $199.

With this release, AMD are aiming at budget and mainstream markets, including low power conscious users - AMD list maximum temperatures for all models at below 75ºC.  In terms of choice and compute-per-dollar, AMD is attacking the market hard. However, sometimes too much choice can be a bad thing - technically AMD are not discontinuing the oldest processors yet.  

We have a few of these processors in to test, so stay tuned for results.

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  • BernardP - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - link

    There is a separate die with no L3 cache for the Athlon II X4, but when this product was first released, I read that AMD said that some of the Athlon II X4's could be Phenom II's with de-activated L3 cache. Reply
  • stephenbrooks - Monday, May 17, 2010 - link

    I'm writing this on a 2400MHz Athlon X2 I got in 2005. Now there's a 3200MHz version of the X2 for $76, I mean how much cheaper can a CPU get? Shame the motherboard, RAM and all would need changing too (what is s939, three socket generations behind?) Reply
  • Bigroy - Monday, June 21, 2010 - link

    This is going to go into my new build. I have read and researched and it seems to be the best all around processor. Reply
  • computerfarmers - Thursday, July 29, 2010 - link

    I picked up an AMD 445 x3 CPU and have unlocked the extra core and have level3 cache. CPUz sees it as a Phenom II x4 model B45. It is now running at 3.7ghz with all 4 cores. this is something I did not expect. Reply
  • crzyc - Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - link

    Anyone know where we can purchase a 610e or 415e? Reply

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