AMD finally launched its B3-stepping Phenom X4 quad-core processors late last week, bringing both bug-free versions of previous models as well as entirely new, higher-clocked models. The three B3 Phenom X4s intended for the retail market weren't available at launch, but they've begun to trickle onto online retailers' websites, so we decided to check how prevalent they are and how much they cost.
Just as with our previous availability checks, we limited our search to Newegg, TigerDirect, ZipZoomFly, and Buy.com. These are the four computer hardware e-tailers with the most reviews on both our price search engine and ResellerRatings.com, so they should be a good indication of general availability. We highlighted available models in green, and we ignored "OEM" offerings, since those aren't officially supported by AMD.
|Launch price||Retail price and availability|
|Phenom X4 9850 BE||$235.00||$243.00||N/A||N/A||$279.99|
|Phenom X4 9750||$215.00||$214.99||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Phenom X4 9550||$209.00||$194.99||N/A||N/A||N/A|
As we can see, AMD's three new Phenom X4s have hit Newegg, but other major e-tailers are less privileged. The chips cost within a few dollars of what's listed in AMD's official price list—the Phenom X4 9850 is marked up by $8, the Phenom X4 9550 is actually marked down by $14.01, and the Phenom X4 9750 is almost exactly at the announced $215. Buy.com lists one Phenom 9850 Black Edition, but that CPU is both unavailable and marked up by around $45.
Of course, just because Phenom X4s aren't available at three of what ought to be the four most popular hardware e-tailers doesn't mean they're necessarily unavailable from smaller vendors. We've spotted some B3 Phenom X4s at online stores like Mwave and Directron, and they're both available and priced reasonably. If you're willing to look around, you should be able to find these new chips at places other than Newegg without too much trouble.