AMD Phenom II and Athlon II ranges get budget-concious newcomers

AMD have outed several new Phenom II and Athlon II processors, intended to sate the mainstream market.  The five new CPUs kick off from the AMD Athlon II X2 255, which runs at 3.1GHz with a 65W TDP, and climbs all the way to the AMD Phenom II X4 910e, a quadcore chip running at 2.6GHz with the same TDP.

In total there are three new Athlon II chips – the X2 255, X3 440 and X4 635 – and two new Phenom II chips – the X2 555 and X4 910e – with TDPs ranging from 65W to 95W.  All are Socket AM3 compatible and come in at under $170 a-piece (in fact three come in at under $100) when bought in 1,000 unit quantities.

Press Release:

AMD Introduces Sub-$100 AMD Phenom™ II Processor, and AMD Athlon™ II Processors, for Mainstream Desktop Computing Market

New AMD Phenom™ II processors and AMD Athlon™ II processors deliver advanced computing per dollar for multiple desktop product form factors

SUNNYVALE, Calif. —1/25/2010


AMD (NYSE:AMD) today expanded its AMD Phenom™ II and AMD Athlon™ II processor families for desktop with several new processors designed to give mainstream consumers advanced performance capabilities from their desktop PCs at increasingly attractive price points. As desktop PCs continue trending toward smaller form factors, AMD remains committed to maximizing the user experience by bringing platform technology integration, efficiency and performance benefits to consumers. Examples of the new processor offerings from AMD include:

The new AMD Phenom™ II X2 555 Black Edition processor, AMD's fastest dual-core desktop processor to date at 3.2 GHz, is an ideal choice for the budget-conscious consumer's Microsoft® Windows® 7 system platform at an affordable $99 Suggested System Builder Price (SSBP).1

The new AMD Athlon™ II X4 635 processor is designed to provide exceptional quad-core performance to handle the demands of multitasking and multi-threaded applications.


Continuing its commitment to providing high performance at affordable prices, AMD meets the computing needs of mainstream consumers with these new processors — from gamers to social media devotees. This variety and value enables OEMs and system builders to develop compelling PC solutions optimized for Windows 7.


The new additions to the AMD Phenom™ II and AMD Athlon™ II processor lines are great choices for consumers interested in HD entertainment,2 casual gaming, digital file editing and social-media networking.


When combined with the latest generation of ATI Radeon™ 5800 Series graphics cards and AMD 7-series chipsets, these new AMD Phenom II and AMD Athlon II processors can provide consumers with optimal user experience and capabilities such as:

Brilliant HD entertainment experience2

Support for DirectX® 11 gaming feature

Exceptional energy efficiency with dynamic power management

Socket AM3 compatibility for flexibility and compatibility with motherboards based on the upcoming AMD 800-series chipset

Advanced multitasking performance

Optimized for Windows 71 and the latest sleek desktop designs


CPU Name TDP Frequency 1ku Price

AMD Athlon™ II X2 255 65 W 3.1 GHz $74

AMD Athlon™ II X3 440 95 W 3.0 GHz $84

AMD Athlon™ II X4 635 95 W 2.9 GHz $119

AMD Phenom™ II X2 555 80 W 3.2 GHz $99

AMD Phenom™ II X4 910e 65 W 2.6 GHz $169


More information on AMD Athlon™ II processor model numbers and comparisons is available here.

More information on AMD Phenom™ II processor model numbers and comparisons is available here.

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