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AMD's Athlon II X3 435 and X2 240e Print E-mail
Written by Michael Schuette   
Nov 19, 2009 at 09:14 PM

Something is happening at AMD. After a few years of pushing products into the market that were just ok, there is a flurry of activity surrounding new products. New designs like the Propus a.k.a. Athlon II X4 are extremely attractive solutions not only in the mid-range but also in the lower market segment. For situations where a quad core still may be overkill when it comes to the bare minimum of an energy-conservative set-top box as the center of a home theater PC new dual cores are available. In this case, low power is all the rage, as long as there is enough horse power to run home theater application in whatever format, including blue ray. This is where the “Regor” core used in the new dual core Athlon II X 2 250 already created a rush of excitement.

Aside from power, there are other considerations, the most important one potentially being the pricing. At an introductory price of roughly US$ 70.-, the ‘250 is already a bargain chip, but at the same time, there are still improvements possible, both with respect to the TDP of 65 W and also, to dispel the latest doubts regarding who might be the undisputed king of the budget performers when it comes to a price/power/performance ratio. The latest release from AMD targets exactly this type of metric by carpet bombing the shelves with a solution for anybody regardless of where the preferences are. Changes in the line up include optional lowering of the TDP to 45W and the suggested pricing to US$ 60.-. But, you can't have both, the low power edition with the coveted "e" suffix does command a price premium.

And the performance .. the default core frequency has been lowered to 2.8 GHz but we’ll talk about the ramifications in just a little bit. The other thing creating some kind of a buzz for AMD has been the introduction of triple-core processors. Give them whatever code name may float around in the form and shape of celestial bodies, Toliman, Heka, it really doesn’t matter since the hardware is exactly the same as in the comparable quad-core equivalent of Agena or Deneb or Propus, in which case the triple core is code-named Rana. Rana is an interesting choice of name, though, ever seen a frog with three legs? Exactly!

With the new additions, though, AMD does have a rather impressive line-up of CPUs in the channel, for easy viewing, the energy-efficient models are hi-lighted in green.

ProcessorClock Speed L2 Cache L3 Cache TDPPrice
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE (C2)3.4GHz2MB6MB140W$195
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE (C3)3.4GHz2MB6MB125W$195
AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE3.2GHz 2MB6MB125W $175
AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0GHz 2MB6MB125W$165
AMD Phenom II X4 925 2.8GHz 2MB6MB125W$145
AMD Phenom II X4 905e 2.5GHz 2MB6MB65W$145
AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE2.8GHz 1.5MB6MB95W$145
AMD Phenom II X3 705 BE2.5GHz 1.5MB6MB65W$125
AMD Phenom II X2 550 BE3.1GHz 1MB6MB80W$105
AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8GHz 2MBn/a95W$122
AMD Athlon II X4 620 2.6GHz 2MBn/a95W$99
AMD Athlon II X3 435 2.9GHz 1.5MBn/a95W$87
AMD Athlon II X3 425 2.7GHz 1.5MBn/a95W$76
AMD Athlon II X2 250 3.0GHz 2MBn/a65W$69
AMD Athlon II X2 245 2.9GHz 2MBn/a65W$64
AMD Athlon II X2 240 2.8GHz 2MBn/a65W$60
AMD Athlon II X4 605e2.3GHz 2MBn/a45W$143
AMD Athlon II X4 600e2.2GHz 2MBn/a 45W$133
AMD Athlon II X3 405e2.3GHz 1.5MBn/a45W$102
AMD Athlon II X3 400e2.2GHz 1.5MBn/a45W$97
AMD Athlon II X2 240e2.8GHz 2MBn/a 45W$77
AMD Athlon II X2 235e2.7GHz 2MBn/a 45W$69

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