Not long after we found that its FX-series chips aren't great values for gaming, AMD has quietly cut the prices of its desktop processors.
The biggest discounts apply to the A-series Llano APUs, which have been slashed by 11-20%. Enthusiasts will probably be most interested in the unlocked A8-3870K and A6-3670K, which now sell for $101 and $80, respectively. Those are the prices AMD charges in 1,000-unit quanties, so the actual street prices may differ slightly.
On the FX front, we're looking at price drops of 7-15%. The FX-6200 gets the biggest cut, falling from $155 to $132, while the flagship FX-8150 is now down to $183. AMD has also introduced a new FX-4310 at $112. This dual-module, four-core Bulldozer CPU is clocked at 3.8GHz with a 3.9GHz Turbo peak and a 125W TDP.
Last-generation Phenom II processors are still available from AMD, but most of them have received only modest cuts in the 1-6% range. That said, the Phenom II X4 955 and 965 Black Edition CPUs are down 21% and 23%, respectively. The X4 965 BE's price cut makes the $81 chip even cheaper than AMD's Phenom II X2 models.
AMD hasn't had a truly high-end desktop processor in years, and this latest round of cuts brings the entire family under $200. Of course, the firm may be clearing inventory to make room for its Piledriver-based Trinity APU, which is rumored to hit desktops this fall.
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