April 10, 2010

Phenom II X6 Release Date and Pricing

AMD will be releasing it’s new 6 core processor coming up here shortly.  The official release date for the Phenom II X6 processor is April 26.  This is good news for those of you who have been holding off on building a new computer until now.  Some of you who have just purchased new machines may be thinking “oh man now I have to buy new hardware”.  This may not be the case however, is a large number of current Motherboards that will be supporting the new X6 chip so you may find you don’t need to upgrade any hardware at all.  This is a nice surprise for those of us who can’t afford to buy a new motherboard, processor and ram every time there is a new release.  Here is a list of current versions that are going to be released:

  • Phenom II X6 1090T: 3.2GHz / 3.6GHz / 125w $295
  • Phenom II X6 1075T: 3.0GHz / 3.5GHz / 125w (launch later this year)
  • Phenom II X6 1055T: 2.8GHz / 3.3GHz / 125w, 95w $199
  • Phenom II X6 1035T: 2.6GHz / 3.1GHz / 95w
  • Phenom II X4 960T:   3.0 GHz/ 3.4GHz / 95w

One of the most suprising aspects of the new Phenom II X6 processor is it’s current price point.  The top model is only going to ring in at $300 – $350 US.  While this isn’t cheap it is far cheaper then Intel’s Core i7 980X Extreme Edition chip which is going to be priced at over $1000 US.  Now while this pricing could change it’s apparent which is going to be the better buy for the masses.  However I am sure that there will be many who will be shelling out for Intel’s new processor.  Now while I am sure that Intels Core i7 980X Extreme Edition chip is going to be crowned the king of processors it’s hard to argue with the price point of AMD’s Phenom II X6.  It will be interesting to see how benchmarks come out on these two new processors.  If the performance difference is marginal, something like 10 – 15% then it’s going to be hard for Intel to justify it’s $1000 entrance fee.  

Asus currently has a list of motherboards that will be compatible with the new X6 processors.  You can views those here.

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