Report: More AMD processor lineup shakeups due next year

AMD already shook up its price list last month, when it removed all but a handful of Phenom II processors and made up for it with a bunch of new Athlon IIs with two, three, and four cores. Now, DigiTimes writes that further shakeups are in store.

Of the processors remaining in AMD's price list, we'll reportedly see the end of the Phenom II X4 945 this quarter, while the X4 965, the current top of the line, will be discontinued in the first quarter of next year. AMD will follow up by replacing the Phenom II X4 955 with a 95W model in the second quarter.

Interestingly, however, DigiTimes writes of new low-end Phenom II processors coming next year. Word is that you can expect Phenom II X4 820, X3 740, and X2 555 processors to launch in the first half of 2010, presumably succeeding the old X4 810, X3 720, and X2 550 with higher clock speeds.

Similarly, DigiTimes says you can expect AMD to replace the Athlon II X4 620 and X3 425 with faster offerings, the Athlon II X4 640 and possibly an Athlon II X3 445. (To be fair, the report actually mentions a 95W Athlon II X2 445, but Athlon II X2 chips have 200-series model numbers and 65W thermal envelopes, so that looks like a typo to us.)

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