Well, I guess that explains this week's price cuts. According to Fudzilla, AMD is gearing up to introduce its quickest six-core Phenom II processor yet: the Phenom II X6 1100T, which will reportedly run at 3.3GHz with a Turbo Core speed of 3.7GHz. That part is said to have the same 125W thermal envelope as the current flagship, and considering recent price adjustments, it might launch right around the $300 mark.
Fudzilla says AMD will also roll out a Phenom II X6 1065T with a 2.9GHz base speed, 3.4GHz Turbo Core speed, and 95W TDP, although the site doesn't make any predictions on the pricing front. If it is indeed coming, the 1065T sounds like a step up over the Phenom II X6 1055T—and that CPU recently dropped from around $200 to $179. Perhaps the 1065T will simply take over at the $200 price point.
Introducing those quicker Phenom IIs before the end of the year could help AMD snag some all-important holiday season sales. With Intel's 32-nm Sandy Bridge CPUs due out in January, though, I would expect further price cuts on the Phenom II side shortly after the New Year.