Report: Quicker Athlon II X4 coming this quarter

We heard about impending tweaks to Intel's CPU family last week. Now, the rumor mill is churning out details about AMD's plans for the summer. Among those plans: releasing a new, quicker version of the Athlon II X4 processor. Fudzilla has the skinny.

According to Fudzilla's report, this upcoming Athlon II X4 645 will run at 3.1GHz and otherwise stick to the Athlon II X4 formula. (So, expect a Socket AM3 package, at 95W thermal envelope, support for DDR3-1333 memory, and all that good stuff.) AMD is reportedly planning to release the CPU later this quarter.

The story doesn't delve into pricing, but history provides some useful hints. When the Athlon II X4 635 came out in February, AMD sold it for $119; and when the X4 640 followed in May, AMD charged $122 for that chip. Both times, the former top of the line eventually made its way down to $99. In a way, the bigger news here might be that the Athlon II X4 640—an honest-to-goodness 3GHz quad-core—could soon cost less than a hundred bucks.

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