AMD Introduces New Socket FM1 Athlon, Price Changesby Andrew Cunningham on November 15, 2011 2:15 PM EST
In addition to its new Opteron chips, AMD yesterday announced a few small changes to its processor line-up, including adjusted prices for several of its Llano-based APUs (and one of its FX-series socket AM3+ processors) and a new, faster GPU-less Athlon II for Socket FM1 boards.
The Athlon II X4 651 is a 3 GHz quad-core chip with a 100 watt TDP and 4 MB of L2 cache, and a suggested retail price of $92. For people building an FM1-based system with no need for an integrated GPU, it will deliver slighly faster performance than the 2.9 GHz, ~$140 A8-3850 at a lower cost. It differs from the already available Athlon II X4 631 only in cost and clock speed.
As for the price changes, they are as follows: the AMD A6-3500 has dropped to $85 from $89, while the A4-3300 and A4-3400 have both received price increases of $2 (to $66 and $71, respectively). The Bulldozer-based FX-6100 sees the biggest price change, with a drop from $165 to $155.
Source: CPU World
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Soulkeeper - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - linkbummer I almost got excited ...
gevorg - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - link... is that AMD needs to slash FX-8150 prices by at least $50.
Halnerd - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - linkThis is exactly the chip I have been waiting for to build my Mini-ITX box. I think it is an awesome alternative to Bulldozer/SNB for a smaller comp with a discrete GPU. Can't wait for a full review.
Taft12 - Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - linkA 100W TDP CPU is a poor choice for a mini-ITX system.
I'm an AMD fan, so it pains me to recommend Intel, but Core i3 is the right choice for a SFF system. Better ITX motherboard options too.
silverblue - Thursday, November 17, 2011 - linkI hope you don't really think this 32nm quad core CPU with no L3 cache is going to ever use 100W. :)
A Core i3 would use less power, definitely.
AmdInside - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - linkSure miss the Athlon name. Hate Phenom about as much as I hate the name Sempron.
Beenthere - Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - linkIt's just a name. I mean really. :)
bigboxes - Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - linkHow does the Phenom work with file sharing?
Kim Leo J - Thursday, November 17, 2011 - linkbigboxes, I don't get it?
It is just a name, and Athlon was a competition to Pentium, but Intel now considers Pentium some kind of cheap brand, and therefore AMD needed a new brand. Athlons are still there, but yeah sadly they don't reflect their strong past.
jaydee - Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - linkSo why would someone buy an FM1 Athlon II? Can it overclock?