Chip manufacturer AMD has pushed out new Phenom II processors that it hopes will reduce the performance gap with competing Intel Core 2 and Core i7 processors.
The Phenom II "Dragon" line of desktop processors consists only of Quad Core and Triple Core models which seems to indicate that AMD will relegate Dual Core processors to the value segment of the market.
AMD has used 45-nm manufacturing process for the new Phenom II which means that it manages to produce more CPU per unit area than ever before while the latter will consume (and dissipate) less power than the previous generation.
The CPU maker claims that its new processors consume less than 95w under load and are clocked at speeds between 2.5GHz to 2.8GHz.
Interestingly, AMD is selling the X3 720 as a Black Edition model which means that it is an unlocked product likely to be used for heavy overclocking.
Another interesting nugget in the new range launched by AMD is the fact that the only difference between the X4 910 and the X4 810 is the amount of L3 cache (6MB vs 4MB).
All the five processors are available through numerous online retailers and the fact that they fit either in AM2+ or AM3 sockets, combined with their support for DDR2 or DDR3 memory, makes them an attractive option for those looking to upgrade.
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For some reason, AMD chose not to start a 2.8GHz Quad Core model with 6MB L3 cache, perhaps not to compete with its own 940BE processor. While Intel has the upper hand when it comes to pure performance, AMD appears to be superior when it comes to the more coherent platform (with Dragon) and the one with the winning strike in the performance/cost department.