Socket AM3 Phenom II X3, X4 listings appear in Europe

— 6:00 AM on January 30, 2009

Online retailers seem to list processors ahead of time like clockwork lately. In the latest case, British e-tailer CLL Computers has put up three listings for upcoming AMD Socket AM3 Phenom II processors. None of the chips are in stock, but the listings do reveal almost all you need to know in terms of specifications.

The cheapest of the three is the Phenom II X3 710, a triple-core model clocked at 2.6GHz with a 95W thermal envelope and a £112.63 price tag. That's $160 in greenbacks, but we can better predict U.S. pricing by looking at what CCL charges for an existing CPU: the Phenom II 940 Black Edition, which is £208.84 at CCL and around $230 at Newegg. The new triple-core offering is roughly 46% cheaper, then, so its price may be closer to $124 on this side of the pond—about the same as the 2.4GHz Phenom X3 8750.

CCL also lists a 2.8GHz Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition for £131 (that's $144 using the same logic) and a 2.6GHz Phenom II X4 810 for £160 (23% cheaper than the 940, so around $176). Both chips also have 95W thermal envelopes, and although CCL doesn't list cache sizes, previously leaked information tells us the 810 should have less L3 cache than its 900-series counterparts. All Socket AM3 CPUs should also work both in Socket AM2+ motherboards with DDR2 memory and in AM3 mobos with DDR3.

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