Remember last month's rumors about energy-efficient Phenom IIs? Well, AMD quietly added a quad-core Phenom II with a 65W power envelope to its price list last week, and a number of online retailers in Europe and Canada have now started to put up listings for it.
We see the Phenom II X4 905e listed at BestDirect in Canada, RueDuCommerce in France, Scan in the United Kingdom, and many others. List prices tend to be around that of the Phenom II X4 940, which makes sense, since AMD quotes $195 for both chips in its price list.
Aside from the 65W TDP, AMD's official spec sheet says the Phenom II X4 905e has a 2.5GHz clock speed, 6MB of L3 cache, a core voltage of 0.825-1.25V, and a Socket AM3 package (which implies DDR3 memory support). That should make the newcomer both slower and much more power-efficient than the 3GHz, 125W Phenom II X4 940.
So, when will you be able to pick up one of these puppies in the States? We couldn't find any listings at U.S. e-tailers, but since BestDirect claims to have the 905e in stock already, availability south of the border probably isn't too far off.