AMD today launches a new line of affordable quad-core processors under the Athlon II brand. Based on the & # 39; Propus & # 39; architecture created in a 45nm design process, the new AMD series is said to help secure the lower market share as the Intel Core i5 750 and LGA1156 platforms have clearly made their life on the market more difficult mainstream front.
This is essentially the same deneb architecture used by the Phenom II X4 series, except for the L3 cache, which has been removed from the Athlon II X4 parts.
With models from 2.20 GHz to 2.9 GHz on the horizon, AMD has decided to first launch the Athlon II X4 620, which is clocked at 2.6 GHz and is expected to be available in retail stores for just $ 100 becomes. The amazingly low price makes this chip a separate category, since there are currently no quad-core parts in competition.
In fact, there isn't much else for $ 100. Intel has the Pentium Dual-Core E5400 for $ 90 and the Core 2 Duo E7400 for $ 120. The cheapest quad-core competitor is the Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 at $ 150. With a clock speed of 2.33 GHz, it is somewhat slower than the venerable Core 2 Quad Q6600.
The matrix size of the Athlon II X4 620 is extremely small at just 169 square millimeters or 35% smaller than that of the Phenom II X4. It consists of 468 million transistors, while the core voltage is between 0.925 and 1.425 V. The TDP of 95 watts corresponds to the rating that Intel gave its Core 2 Quad Q8200 processor.
Like the Phenom series, the Athlon II X4 620 can be operated on either AM2 / AM2 + or AM3 motherboards and thus takes on the ability to use DDR2 or DDR3 memory. This may well be a way to provide users with a viable upgrade path a few years later, but in most cases today it's about finding the cheapest and most powerful parts.