AMD pushes Phenom 9850 down to $205

As it promised when it launched the Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition earlier this month, AMD has cut the price of the previous top-of-the-line model. The Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition is now available for $205 shipped at Newegg, down from $235 a few days ago. The Phenom X4 9950, meanwhile, is available for $235 shipped.

Both CPUs are based on the same 65nm, B3-revision Phenom core, and both chips have unlocked upper multipliers that allow for easier overclocking. The Phenom X4 9850 runs at 2.5GHz with a 125W thermal envelope, while the 9950 is clocked 100MHz faster and sports a more intimidating 140W TDP.

At $205, the Phenom X4 9850 BE is now competing almost directly with Intel’s 2.4GHz Core 2 Quad Q6600, which Newegg sells for $209.99 shipped. You can check out how the two CPUs compare in our review of the Phenom X4 9850 and 9750.

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    • kilkennycat
    • 13 years ago

    For both the 9850 and 9950, you had better do your motherboard research via the MB manufacturers’ websites, with regard to the wattage capacity of the motherboard CPU power regulators. If these processors are not specifically stated as being supported by the motherboard, move on. And for overclockers, additional heatsinking together with good airflow for the regulators would be a very good idea.

    • GeForce6200
    • 13 years ago

    Wow, thats what I bought my 9500 for.

    • evermore
    • 13 years ago

    100MHz needs a 15W higher TDP?

      • Meadows
      • 13 years ago

      I guess nobody ever told you that the meaning of TDP isn’t carved in stone. Besides, Phenoms (although not glass melting ovens or anything) are known to be warm and they can also rape motherboards quite gracefully, so some awareness and headroom never hurts.

    • shank15217
    • 13 years ago

    The Anandtech review shows that the 9950 is using less power than the 9850.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 13 years ago

    Will work for CPUs.

    • flip-mode
    • 13 years ago

    Need a 95 watt 9850 ‘for I can even contemplate it.

    • lex-ington
    • 13 years ago

    i could only dream that those prices would reach canada . . .ohhhh how I wish . . . .

      • PoohPall
      • 13 years ago

      . . . or Africa

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