Back-to-school savings hit AMD CPU price list


AMD quietly cut processor prices earlier this week. According to motherboard industry sources quoted by DigiTimes (and general common sense), this latest round of discounts is an attempt by AMD to defend its turf against competition from Intel. Here's a quick summary of the pricing changes for desktop CPUs:

  Old price New price Discount
Athlon II X2 245 $66 $66 -
Athlon II X2 250 $66 $66 -
Athlon II X2 255 $69 $66 $3
Athlon II X2 260 $76 $69 $7
Athlon II X3 435 $76 $76 -
Athlon II X3 445 $87 $76 $10
Athlon II X4 630 $100 $100 -
Athlon II X4 635 $100 $100 -
Athlon II X4 640 $122 $100 $22
Phenom II X2 550 $93 $93 -
Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition $93 $93 -
Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition $105 $93 $12
Phenom II X4 925 $145 $145 -
Phenom II X4 945 $145 $145 -
Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition $165 $145 $20
Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition $185 $165 $20
Phenom II X6 1055T $199 $199 -
Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition $295 $295 -

Only a handful of processors have seen their prices cut, and the discounts apply almost exclusively to the top speed grades for each class of CPU. Those looking to build a quad-core system on the cheap should be pleased to see the Athlon II X4 640's price fall to just $100. Also, $20 off the Phenom II X4 Black Edition CPUs is a nice touch. The prices of AMD's six-core Phenom II X6 CPUs remain unchanged, however.

The above prices only apply to "direct" AMD customers buying CPUs in trays of 1000, but the savings should start trickling down to street prices. The Phenom II X4 965, for example, had already dropped to $165.99 at Newegg.

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