AMD has revealed the cheapest Quad core dubbed as Athlon II X4 (Porpus) making their offerings more and more tempting. The newer Quad core is a part of the low-mid segment named as Athlon II. The newer Athlon II is based on the newer Phenom II architecture with removal of L3 cache and substantial die size reduction. [CENTER]
The newer Athlon II X4 opens a new dimension for the HTPC and low/mid end segment. The lowest model i.e. the AII X4 620 (2.6ghz) will retail for $99 while the 630 (2.8ghz) model will retail for $125 . The 620 has shown some decent over-clocking potential with capability to hit 1ghz+ stable overclock with a slight bump in voltage.
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Both processors fit into AM3 sockets and support DDR3 memory speeds of up to 1,333MHz, as well. The $99 price tag on the X4 620 is especially interesting, because it brings quad cores even below triple-core Phenom II territory. Intel's cheapest quad-core CPU, the 2.33GHz Core 2 Quad Q8200, remains priced at $150.
Combining the efficiency of 45nm processors and this platform’s built-in power management technologies for a cool and quiet PC, an AMD Athlon II processor-based platform can serve-up an amazing Blu-ray movie experience using less energy than a standard 75 watt light bulb. This platform also can improve business users’ experience as part of AMD Business Class technology. With this second generation commercial platform, AMD industry partners can offer a variety of form factors with superior value, exceptional energy efficiency, advanced visual productivity. This platform also has support for essential manageability, security and virtualization features that today’s businesses demand.
“Our goal is to deliver a great computing experience and maximize value for our customers,” said John Cook, vice president of marketing, global PC business, HP. “The new AMD quad-core processors offer the right balance between excellent performance and price, and allow HP to continue to be a best-in-class provider of consumer technology.”
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Reveiws : AMD Athlon II X4 620 review | AMD Athlon II X4 620 Processor Review - Quad-Core for Mainstream Introduction :: TweakTown | AMD Athlon II X4 620 Processor Review - TechSpot | Four Cores for $100: Athlon II X4 630 and Athlon II X4 620 CPU Review (page 11) - X-bit labs | HEXUS.net - Review :: AMD Athlon II X4 620 and 630: introducing the budget quad-core CPUs : Page - 1/10 | AMD Athlon II X4 620 Quad Core Processor Review - Overclockers Club | AnandTech: AMD Athlon II X4 620 & 630: The First $99 Quad Core CPU