ConclusionAMD has not reinvented the wheel with the Athlon II X4 series of chips. They are not disruptive products from a performance standpoint, and they bring nothing particularly new to the marketplace. Except price of course. When we consider that, then the Athlon II X4s are disruptive. A fast, quad core at $122 will turn a few heads. We can also expect to eventually see more power efficient versions of these chips potentially make it into the laptop market (as the dual core Athlon II X2s have done recently).
The G41 board looks a bit puny, but hopefully soon we can see what gaming performance we can get from these setups.
When combined with the 785G based motherboard, the Athlon II X4 becomes a much more impressive budget offering. While it will not be a hardcore gaming machine, it will be able to play most modern titles at lower resolutions and quality settings. When we start talking Stream and OpenCL, the ability to utilize the 785G’s 40 stream units in GPGPU applications will again add another level of performance and value to the system.
The Athlon II X4 is not going to blow socks off, and it will not cause a revolution in the computer industry. What will do is provide a very modestly priced quad core system with good performance across most applications. The closest answer Intel has at this time is the Q8200, and it is around $27 more expensive, and performs about 5% slower than the X4 630.
These parts are not a home run for AMD, as they are sitting right around the $100 ASP target which AMD needs to hit to be profitable. What it will do is provide more revenue for the company, and hopefully helps to keep AMD afloat until 32 nm Phenoms hit the market next year and Bulldozer after that.