Phenom II is here and it lays the smack down on the original Phenom.  Unfortunately it is not stomping Intel’s Core i7 line, it’s main competitor, nor does it beat out similarly clocked Core2 CPUs.  However, at an estimated price of $275, about $900 cheaper than the similarly clock Intel 965 and it will work happily in existing AM2 systems; no new RAM required.  It doesn’t look like AMD will be taking the performance crown away from Intel, though it’s ability to take higher voltages and the ease of upgrading will likely sell a lot of chips to AMD fans.  Check out [H]ard|OCP’s full review here.  You can pick up the AMD Phenom II X4 920 or the AMD Phenom II X4 940at Newegg.

“We have been waiting for this CPU, but hardly with bated breath. While we had high hopes, the Phenom II is already waning in enthusiast circles. We pit it against the Intel Core 2 Quad and Intel Core i7, clock for clock. Isn’t that what we really want to see?”

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