Sandy Bridge chipset snafu or not, AMD has quietly updated its price list for Phenom II processors. The new list includes a fair number of cuts as well as a handful of new chips, some of which we included in our Sandy Bridge review earlier this month.
Now, these cuts and additions apply only to the Phenom II X4 and Phenom II X6 lines. Dual-core Phenom II X2s are still listed at the same prices as before, but if they could speak, they'd probably be huddled in a corner sobbing and questioning their purpose. Next to a 3.2GHz Phenom II X4 priced at $105, the 3.3GHz, $102 dual-core part looks awfully unappealing, even when you take its unlocked upper multiplier into account.
But I digress. Here's are the affected processors with their current and former bulk pricing:
|Processor||Old price||New price|
|Phenom II X4 840||-||$105|
|Phenom II X4 955 BE||$145||$135|
|Phenom II X4 965 BE||$165||$155|
|Phenom II X4 970 BE||$185||$175|
|Phenom II X4 975 BE||-||$195|
|Phenom II X6 1055T||$199||$175|
|Phenom II X6 1065T||-||$185|
|Phenom II X6 1075T||$199||$195|
|Phenom II X6 1090T BE||$235||$205|
|Phenom II X6 1100T BE||$265||$239|
As you can see, the quad-core Phenom IIs are all $10 cheaper than before, and AMD has chucked in two new models—one at the low end and one at the very top of the line. In the Phenom II X6 family, prices have dipped as low as $175, although AMD's fastest desktop offering remains not far from the $250 mark. That'd be a tough sell next to Intel's blisteringly fast Sandy Bridge CPUs... if those Sandy Bridge CPUs had shipping chipsets to go with them. (Thanks to TR reader Mister Burke for the tip.)