Power, that is. Without much fanfare, AMD has started delivering more efficient chips, with the AM3 socket configuration. The most conspicuous offering is the Phenom II 945 X4, which is spec’ed identically to the ‘other’ Phenom II  945 X4, except that this new model has a power usage of only 95 watts at full bore, instead of the 125 watts of its older sibling.

Since the pricing is the same, you might want to make sure that you either get the lower power part, or get a good discount on the older one.

This is another of the chips that AMD is delivering in the AM3 package, which now includes offerings all the way down to the Sempron single core models.

from Tech Connect

In addition to the Athlon II X2 245 and 240 which were officially announced yesterday, AMD is rolling out another AM3 processor, an updated version of the quad-core Phenom II X4 945.

Priced at $225, like the ‘regular’ 945, the ‘new and improved’ X4 945 has a working speed of 3 GHz, 2MB of L2 cache and 6MB of L3 cache, and a TDP of 95W (125W for the initial model). Just what the doctor ordered for a hot summer day – a CPU running a bit cooler and consuming a little less power. Oh, and at least liters of water.

The amazing amount of power, now available from these low cost processors, makes one wonder how much lower chips costs can go, and also how Intel will respond to this. Intel owns the top of performance right now, and the extreme bottom, with the Atom processors, but I wonder how many people are going to be satisfied with Atom performance, in anything other than a netbook.

The midrange is now owned by AMD, and, if they are right with their assessments, that little company that could, just might come out of the current financial mess, perhaps with enough to again make a charge on the top end.


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