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AMD FX-6100 6-core CPU now available from £80

There was a time, not too long ago, when getting a system with more than four processors running concurrently would have cost you as much as a brand new car.

Yet nowadays, you can grab a 6-core processor like the AMD FX-6100 Black Edition from Aria for just under £80. The chip – which is built on the Bulldozer architecture - is unlocked which makes it perfect for overclocking and it comes in a retail box complete with a stock heatsink fan.

It is clocked at 3.3GHz and can overclock by default to up to 3.9GHz. There’s also 14MB combined L2 and L3 cache, support for DDR3-1866 RAM, a three year warranty and a 95W TDP thanks to a 32nm manufacturing process.

Aria is also selling a bundle consisting of the chip with 8GB of DDR3-1333 RAM and a Gigabyte motherboard with an AMD 970A chipset and a socket AM3+ for less than £197.

Having multi-core processors is particularly important to applications like video-editing or 3D modelling support that are extremely resource-hungry and very often support multi-tasking.

Unfortunately, Intel processors are likely to have the upper hand for poorly optimized and/or on single-threaded applications in general.

Desire worked at ITProPortal right at the beginning and was instrumental in turning it into the leading publication we all know and love today. He then moved on to be the Editor of TechRadarPro - a position he still holds - and has recently been reunited with ITProPortal since Future Publishing's acquisition of Net Communities.