We were pretty impressed with AMD's Phenom II X3 720 when it came out in February, and six months on, the processor remains well-positioned in our value scatter plots. Fudzilla now reports that AMD plans to roll out a faster version next month.
The X3 720 has three cores, a 2.8GHz clock speed, 512KB of L2 cache per core, and 6MB of shared L3 cache. Fudzilla says the new Phenom II X3 740 will follow the same recipe while raising the speed to 3GHz. No word yet on the power envelope, but it could well remain at 95W—AMD does sell a quad-core, 95W Phenom II with that same clock speed, after all.
Fudzilla doesn't know the Phenom II X3 740's launch price, either. For what it's worth, the X3 720 currently costs $119 with free shipping at Newegg, and the 3GHz Phenom II X4 945 goes for $170 shipped. A figure somewhere between those two—perhaps closer to the former than the latter—seems likely.
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