Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Athlon II and II, AMD Phenom, on the sly

AMD has introduced two new processors, without fanfare. And for good reason: it is not APU (Fusion), but simple K10. The first is an Athlon X2 II running at 3.4 GHz, the model 270. It offers 1 MB of cache per core, has a TDP of 65 W and is worth € 65. The second is a "false" Phenom X4, the 850. Indeed, this model clocked at 3.3 GHz with a TDP of 95 W is based on the Propus die like Athlon X4 II.

And as the Athlon X4, it is devoid of L3 cache, unlike the Phenom X4 family 9xx. Beware, the L2 cache is only 512 KB per core, which gives exactly the same amount of cache than the Athlon X2 II. In fact, the four processor cores is about € 95. Note that these are good solutions to update if you have an AM3 motherboard, but for a new machine, the APU Llano offer a similar core, but a little more efficient and integrated GPU, which allows the use of a few recent games if you do not push the details.

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