“AMD hasn’t launched a new Phenom X4 processor since late last March, when the B3-based 2.5GHz Phenom 9850 hit the market. Today, the company is making up for lost time, debuting two new 65W energy-efficient Phenom X4s at 1.8GHz and 2GHz, while simultaneously releasing a new higher-end chip at 2.6GHz. This triple play is aimed at boosting the attractiveness of the company’s quad-core products in the eyes of both consumers seeking energy-efficient parts and enthusiasts who want top performance from an AMD solution.
Of the three chips launching today, we’ll focus the majority of our attention on the new 2GHz Phenom, the 9350e. At $199, AMD’s new 2GHz part isn’t the company’s cheapest quad-core, but the chip’s 65W rated TDP is considerably lower than the X3 and X4 processors positioned at similar frequencies. The Phenom X3 8450 (2.1GHz), and Phenom X4 9550 (2.2GHz) are both 95W parts, which implies that we should see some excellent power consumption figures from the new CPU. The 2.6GHz Phenom X4 9950 does deserve a mention of its own; we’ll discuss the processor briefly before moving on.”
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- AMD Phenom X4 In Real-Life Applications @ Digit-Life
- Energy Efficient CPUs Ahoy! Phenom X4 9350e & 9150e Tested @ Hardware Zone
- All Phenom Models @ Hardware Secrets
- AMD Phenom X4 9950 and 9350e Quad-Core Processor Review @ Legit Reviews
- Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Linux Performance @ Phoronix
- AMD Phenom X4 9350e and 9950 Black Edition Debut @ HotHardware
- Overclocking the Phenom 8750 Triple-Core @ ExtremeTech
- Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 @ motherboards.org
- Official AMD Chipset Roadmap 2009 @ CHW
Source: Ars Technica
AMD is thinking conservatively with it’s Phenom line which will hopefully pay off in the business and server markets, for they are not impressing the enthusiast with their three new chips. The chips are faster than previous offerings and retain the low pricing, gaining a reduced TDP and unlocked multipliers. Drop by Ars Technica for an overview of the 2Ghz Phenom 9350e compared against an underclocked 9850.