If you shop for a Phenom II X6 processor today, you get to choose between a 125W thermal envelope and... a 125W thermal envelope. Yes, these are six-core 45-nm processors, and reaching a 125W TDP with those clock speeds and settings is actually somewhat impressive. But guess what? According to Akiba PC Hotline!, a new flavor of the Phenom II X6 1055T is on the way—and it only has a 95W TDP.
As they tend to do, the Akiba folks actually unearthed the processor in a Japanese retail store somewhere, and they have photos of the box to prove it. The processor itself apparently has a HDT55TWFK6DGR model name, if that's at all meaningful to you. (The current, 125W one is apparently stamped with "HDT55TFBK6DGR.") Otherwise, specs don't seem to have changed: we're still looking at a 2.8GHz clock speed, 3.3GHz Turbo Core maximum, 9MB of total cache, and a Socket AM3 package.
Akiba says the chip was being sold for 22,000 Yen, or about $250. Searching for "Phenom II X6 1055T" on Google Japan and clicking our way to this site, which appears to be a price search engine of some sort, we get the impression the 125W 1055T typically around the 20,000-yen ($228) mark in Japan, with one store dipping as low as 18,480 ($210).
Of course, generally speaking, new chips with reduced thermal envelopes often sell for a slight premium at first, even if the processor maker—either AMD or Intel—quotes the same list price for the new and old versions. In any case, the prospect of a more power-efficient Phenom II X6 1055T seems appealing, since the chip did well enough in our value charts to find its way in one of our system guide's choice spots.
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