Earlier today, AMD launched a new trio of CPUs which include a new Phenom II X6, Phenom II X2 and Athlon II X3 processor. Prices have shifted a little, but mainly downwards for older parts as these new parts take over the top spots occupied by previous top dogs.

The new top end X6 is now the 1100T, replacing the previous 1090T and will sport a Turbo Core speed of 3.7 GHz and a 3.3 GHz base speed. Since the 1100T is also a Black Edition, expect overclockers to push th is one up to 4.2 GHz easily and beyond with their own black magic. TDP rating will remain at the 125Watt sweetspot and will still be built on the 45nm process. Pricing has shifted to make room for this new chip at a new top end price of $265 US, pushing the previous head of the class, the 1090T down to an even more reasonable $235 US making AMD’s Phenom II X6 the most accessible in the market for highly threaded workloads.

Gamers and overclockers may want to turn their eyes towards the Phenom II X2 565 Black Edition which as you know by the “Black Edition” monicker, is unlocked and ready to overclock. It is also built on the same core as the X4 parts so expect this new chip to be popular for experimenters wanting to unlock more cores. The two cores inside run at 3.4GHz a piece and features the same big L3 cache that games like. All of this can be yours for only $112 US and there’s room there for a high end heatsink for some major overlclocks into 5GHz zone. An 80Watt TDP will ensure that high voltages are easy to manage and is built on a 45nm process.

Finally, the Athlon II family welcomes a new Athlon II X3 455 processor which will run at 3.3 GHz per core and take over the top spot from the previous Athlon II X3 450. The package TDP will remain at a reasonable 95W and like the others, also built on a 45nm process. The 450 will drop in price to $76 US and the 455 will take over the top pricing spot at $87 US. Since many games do take advantage of the third core, but not a fourth, this is an interesting option for gamers that play slightly more CPU intensive games like RTS.

Even with INTEL’s Sandy Bridge around the corner, AMD continues to give you more cores per dollar and a great upgrade path for many AM3 and AM2+ based boards still out on the market. To see how the new parts shift the prices in the line up, you can check out MSRP for Athlon II here and Phenom II here.





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