After Diamond's little slip-up we reported on earlier, an over-eager retailer has begun listing AMD's upcoming Phenom chips ahead of schedule. The retailer—a company called Isorm—reveals not only clock speeds, model numbers, and launch dates, but also prices for the three chips expected out later this month.
The listings confirm information that cropped up on rumor sites over the past few weeks, namely that AMD will launch three Phenom chips on November 19 with 9500, 9600, and 9700 model numbers and 2.2GHz, 2.3GHz, and 2.4GHz clock speeds. What's more interesting is the retailer's listed prices, though. The 2.2GHz Phenom 9500 is listed at $279.99, the 2.3GHz Phenom 9600 at $319.99, and the 2.4GHz Phenom 9700 at $329.99. If those prices are indicative of AMD's official pricing, they will position the slowest of the three Phenoms directly against Intel's 2.4GHz Core 2 Quad Q6600, which is available for as little as $269 according to our price search engine.
Based on our "Barcelona" Opteron vs. quad-core Xeon benchmarks, where 2GHz Opteron 2350s often lagged behind 2.33GHz Xeon E5345s, such a matchup seems somewhat ambitious for AMD, assuming the prices listed there indeed reflect AMD's upcoming pricing. (Thanks to Fudzilla for the tip.)