Deal of the week: A six-core Phenom for around $200

— 2:53 PM on April 30, 2010

AMD's freshly minted six-core processors offer compelling alternatives to Intel's Core i5 and i7 CPUs, especially if you already have a Socket AM2+ or AM3 motherboard that supports the new CPUs. The 1055T might just be the best value in Phenom II X6 family, offering six cores clocked at 2.8GHz and a peak Turbo speed of 3.3GHz. Versus the 1090T Black Edition, you're only losing an unlocked upper multiplier and a few hundred MHz on the base and Turbo clock speeds—nothing a little overclocking can't fix.

Despite carrying an official price tag of $199, the 1050T is actually selling for a little more online right now. Amazon and Newegg both have the CPU listed for $210 with free shipping. But even slightly marked up, the 1055T remains one of the best CPU values around. If you happen to live near a Micro Center, the 1055T can be picked up in store for only $200, as well.

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