We are sure that many of you will treat yourself to a new computer just around the corner at Christmas. With today's release of the Phenom II X6 1100T, the new flagship six-core processor, AMD is trying to seduce you with a shiny new Hexacore CPU.
In true AMD fashion, the company valued its latest listing at a very reasonable price of $ 265. That's the same rate as the older Phenom II X6 1090T, which was lowered to $ 230 to make room for the new 1100T model.
While today's review focuses on the launch of the new Phenom II X6 1100T, which only speeds up 100 MHz, most of you will probably find out more about the prospect of a six-core Black Edition processor for just over 200 Happy dollars. After all, the new 1100T is only 3% higher clocked than the 1090T, while both have fully unlocked clock multipliers, making them essentially one and the same.
The Phenom II X6 1090T was the only unlocked hexa-core processor in the AMD arsenal, as both the 1055T and 1075T have fixed clock multipliers that make them less effective overclockers. The prices between these processors could not be narrower at just $ 50 between the 1055T and 1090T Black Edition models.
AMD's Phenom II X6 series was released last April and was surprisingly successful. It's not that they're not worth buying, but they're a little over the top for the average user, since most applications are just beginning to take full advantage of quad-core processors, and there are very few that have more than four cores can use.
Playing with the Phenom II X6 largely provides the same experience as the Phenom II X4, making it a senseless option for gamers. In addition, the Phenom II X6 is designed for workloads with heavy threading. This would be a waste for users who use their computer for basic tasks compared to a chip with fewer but more efficient cores.
In general, only professionals need this kind of grunt, and that's probably why Intel turned its six-core processors into cash cows by targeting the high-end market at lavish prices. Still, there is certainly strong demand for modestly priced processors that can handle heavy workloads, and this is where AMD's offering comes in.