AMD rounds out budget lineup with three sub-$70 CPUs

The K8 era is drawing to a close. This morning, AMD rolled out three new budget processors based on its 45nm K10 architecture, and it quietly removed previous-generation Athlon and Sempron products from its price list. (Only business-class variants now remain.)

AMD says these new CPUs "round out" the Athlon II family, which previously counted only a single model—the $87 Athlon II X2 250. Here are full specifications and pricing for the three newcomers:

Processor Speed L2 cache HT TDP Price
Athlon II X2 245 2.9GHz 2MB 4000MHz 65W $66
Athlon II X2 240 2.8GHz 2MB 4000MHz 65W $60
Sempron 140 2.7GHz 512KB 4000MHz 45W $36

AMD's own documentation isn't particularly clear, but as far as we can tell, the Sempron 140 is a single-core part. Also, since all three chips have AM3 packages, they should support both DDR2 and DDR3 memory, depending on which type of motherboard you stick 'em into.

If retail prices end up anywhere near the bulk figures above, the Athlon II X2 245 should compete with Intel's 2.5GHz Pentium E5200, while the X2 240 should go up against the 2.4GHz Celeron E1500, and the Sempron 140 should duke it out with the 1.8GHz Celeron 430.

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