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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    • Kratu
    • 9 years ago

    This is awesome! Intel has to do something about this but probably they won’t since 955BE+790GX was a better choice than i3/i5x2(apart from i5 661)+H55 even before the pricedrop yet people never saw it. This is realy bad for AMD.

      • NeelyCam
      • 9 years ago

      To me, i5/H55 was a better choice.

    • albundy
    • 9 years ago

    that’s hysterical! i paid the new price of the 955be back in July of last year. nice to see it hasn’t lost value. no need to upgrade to 6 cores just yet. maybe when 8 cores come out…

    • paulWTAMU
    • 9 years ago

    such significant discounts those are…

      • NeelyCam
      • 9 years ago

      I’m mainly wondering: when is AMD going to make some real money?

    • Creech
    • 9 years ago

    Looks like it’s about time for an upgrade. Too bad it would mean everything else in my system would be a bottleneck. Oh well, I guess that means I’ll just have to start plotting how I’m going to save enough for a new system.

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    The X4 955 BE for $145 is quite nice. It’s two weeks short of a year now since I paid $195 for mine, and I’m a little surprised prices have not dropped more than they have.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      Intel’s “answer” to AMD for about the last year has been more butchered $100 Core 2s, $200 Core i5 dual-cores to get anything truly set apart from a Core 2, and $1,000 six-cores. I’m surprised they’re dropping at all.

    • KarateBob
    • 9 years ago

    Still no mention of a $230ish 1075T Black Edition 🙁

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      They’re trying to clear out old stock first by just “lowering” prices, instead of announcing the new replacements at the top at the same time. There are a lot of CPUs which were EOLed a long time ago which are still available, so they have to do something to keep them from piling up.

      There have been online listings for the X6 1075T BE for a little bit now. It’s coming, along with a faster version of basically everything else and a cheaper 95w TDP X6.

        • NeelyCam
        • 9 years ago

        95W X6… you know, even I am tempted.

        AMD is catching up, and Intel has no other growth options except moving to new markets.. cell phones and….. antivirus applications?

    • jdaven
    • 9 years ago

    I might buy the Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition for $93. I hope to unlock the other 2 cores and overclock to around 3.6 GHz without raising the voltage. That would be a killer chip for the price.

      • SomeOtherGeek
      • 9 years ago

      Or you can be nice to AMD and just give them an extra 50 bucks for the real X4?

        • jdaven
        • 9 years ago

        They have enough of my money already since my last 3 processors and video cards have been AMD/ATI post merger.

        Just to deflect criticism, I have also bought Nvidia and Intel processors in the past as well.

          • l33t-g4m3r
          • 9 years ago

          Really? I’ll laugh after it doesn’t unlock, and you waste $93.

            • NeelyCam
            • 9 years ago

            *nevermind – deleting the obvious*

      • sluggo
      • 9 years ago

      I’ve bought three of these processors and am 3-for-3 so far on successful unlocks with the 750 and 850 SBs. Two of the machines were overclocked to 3.5 GHz just to put them over the speed of the 965, the third is running at stock.

      MicroCenter runs deals on these paired with a decent motherboard for just over $110 for the package. A no-brainer for gaming on the cheap.

    • Kurotetsu
    • 9 years ago

    A 3Ghz quad-core for $100? That absolutely sucks for AMD, but is absolutely awesome for consumers. Too bad I can’t buy one without completely rebuilding my comp. >_<

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      Somehow, I don’t think having a compelling product in one of the most popular price ranges sucks for AMD even in the very, very, very slightest.

        • UberGerbil
        • 9 years ago

        It only sucks if they aren’t turning a profit on it.

          • NeelyCam
          • 9 years ago

          +5

      • NeelyCam
      • 9 years ago

      If you upgrade, you probably want to upgrade everything anyway. Faster memory, SSD, huge HDD, quiet PSU…

      Everytime I pick up a new CPU I find myself building a new rig altogether, while the old one goes to a friend/family/nonprofit.. Gotta have hobbies.

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