Report: New Phenom IIs launching on September 21

AMD is gearing up for another expansion of its processor lineup, and we'll see the fruits of its labor on September 21. So says X-bit labs, which got the skinny about four upcoming AMD chips, including three Phenom IIs, from a source purportedly familiar with the chipmaker's plans.

Leading the new batch will be the Phenom II X6 1075T. With a $230-240 price tag and a 3GHz clock speed (or 3.5GHz with Turbo Core), that part should bridge the gap between the $199 1055T and the $295 1090T. At the same time, the 3.5GHz Phenom II X4 970 should become AMD's new quad-core flagship... you know, if there's any truth to this report at all.

X-bit labs also mentions a couple of upcoming CPUs priced at around $100: the Phenom II X2 560 and Athlon II X4 645. Folks familiar with AMD's product nomenclature should be able to figure this one out—the new parts will indeed be 100MHz quicker than the existing Phenom II X2 550 and Athlon II X4 640, or 3.3GHz and 3.1GHz, respectively. Before you nod off, keep in mind that the X4 645's arrival will probably push the X4 640 under $100. And who doesn't love a sub-$100 quad-core CPU?

A September 21 launch could woo some stragglers from the back-to-school shopping rush. If I were one of those stragglers, though, I think I'd almost consider biding my time a few more months until Intel releases Sandy Bridge. (That should happen next January, if what I was told at Computex is correct.) The new architecture and 32-nm fabrication process could well be worth it.

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