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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    • Jigar
    • 10 years ago

    I would suggest AMD to use BULLDOZER as their official name for their upcoming BULLDOZER line..

      • Farting Bob
      • 10 years ago

      Yea bulldozer is a good name, but i cant see many business execs signing off on a chip called “bulldozer”.
      Still, we’ve been waiting for bulldozer to bring AMD back into the high end for so many years, clinging to the hope its as good as some suggest that maybe they should name it the “AMD Duke Nukem Forever” series.

    • stmok
    • 10 years ago

    The year will end with the release of Athlon II X4 650 (3.2GHz).

    After that, 2011 will bring Llano-based Athlon II X4s.

    • RealPjotr
    • 10 years ago

    3.3% clock difference must surely be a new record? Uninstalling some bloatware gives more performance…

    • HisDivineShadow
    • 10 years ago

    I can’t help wishing for more power savings and less speed when you’re going above 3ghz with a quadcore. That said, this is a good deal for someone who was about to get 3 ghz stock and will now get 3.1ghz, so what’s to complain about, right? 😉

    Well, other than more power savings and less heat, that is!

    Every time I read anything about AMD, I find myself wishing Bulldozer were already here. I really hope its the next Athlon and not the next Phenom. I hope they rename it something other than Phenom.

    Perhaps they could go with the AMD Awesum.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 10 years ago

      They keep bumping up the “e” series, too, which will be at 2.6 GHz soon, but those take like 6 months to show up at retail and their prices are always retarded high.

      • wira020
      • 10 years ago

      Phenom III n Athlon III sounds good to me.. and it make sense to me because Phenom really sounds like what a gamer would have, Turion as well… Athlon OTOH sounds serious and boring, perfect for corporate and work related stuff…

    • Farting Bob
    • 10 years ago

    Yea its not a mindblowing step up but if the 640 does drop to under $100 then that makes it a crazy good deal. Hell its pretty damn good as it is right now.

    • Voldenuit
    • 10 years ago

    #1, “100 Million Hertz!” /Dr Evil.

    Perhaps someone should tell AMD it’s not 1969 anymore…

      • khands
      • 10 years ago

      You know it’s marketing for people who don’t know better. As TR mentions, the big news is most likely the 640’s trip down to $99.

    • Hattig
    • 10 years ago

    I fail to get excited by another 100MHz these days. I guess it’s good for the people building a new system, they get another 3% clock speed improvement for nothing.

      • crabjokeman
      • 10 years ago

      Well, then maybe you shouldn’t have posted if you’re not excited at all 😉
      The real news is that there are going to be some really sweet AM3 chip deals for the back-to-school season.

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