Boxed Phenom II X6 CPUs caught on camera

— 6:00 AM on April 12, 2010

AMD's Phenom II X6 processors are drawing close to release. Just last week, AMD went public with the upcoming processors' Turbo Core feature, which will finally give the chipmaker an answer to Intel's Turbo Boost. Now, the folks at Expreview have come across several retail Phenom II X6 CPU boxes, and they've shared some photos of 'em.

At least one of the boxes contains a still-unannounced Phenom II X6 1055T processor. According to the label on the box, that CPU's six cores run at a base speed of 2.8GHz with 9MB of total cache (presumably 512KB of L2 cache per core and 6MB of shared L3) and a Socket AM3 package. The package includes a heatsink and fan, too, for what it's worth.

Expreview says the chip is "is competitively priced at RMB1999." That's 1,999 Chinese yuan, or $293 U.S. dollars—a little more expensive than Intel's quad-core Core i7-860, which has the same base clock speed and sells for $279.99 at Newegg.

You might recall we saw Norwegian listings for the Phenom II X6 1055T and a faster member of the same family, the 3.2GHz Phenom II X6 1090T, late last month. Prices seemed a bit lower there, however. (Our estimates suggested U.S. prices around $206 for the 1055T and $296 for the faster model.)

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