Tuesday, October 20th 2009

AMD Expands Athlon II Series Processor Lineup

AMD expanded its value processor lineup under the Athlon II banner, with as many as eight new models. The list includes energy-efficient quad-core models, inexpensive triple-core ones, and budget dual-core offerings. All models are based on socket AM3, and are compatible with AM2(+) sockets. The dual-channel memory controllers on these chips support both DDR2 and DDR3 memory standards. This expansion clearly demarcates the target market of the Athlon II series: sub $150.

The quad-core Athlon II X4 parts are based on the Propus die, which has 512 KB of dedicated L2 cache per core, and a HyperTransport 4.0 GT/s system interface. The new Athlon II X3 triple-core models are most likely produced by disabling one of the four cores on the Propus die. The energy efficient Athlon II parts come with the "e" suffix for the model number, and offer lower rated TDP. Following are the details of these new parts:
  • Athlon II X2 235e: 2.70 GHz, 2 MB (2 x 1 MB) L2 cache, 45W TDP, US $69
  • Athlon II X2 240e: 2.80 GHz, 2 MB (2 x 1 MB) L2 cache, 45W TDP, US $77
  • Athlon II X3 400e: 2.20 GHz, 1.5 MB (3 x 512 KB) L2 cache, 45W TDP, US $97
  • Athlon II X3 405e: 2.30 GHz, 1.5 MB (3 x 512 KB) L2 cache, 45W TDP, US $102
  • Athlon II X3 425: 2.70 GHz, 1.5 MB (3 x 512 KB) L2 cache, 95W TDP, US $76
  • Athlon II X3 435: 2.90 GHz, 1.5 MB (3 x 512 KB) L2 cache, 95W TDP, US $87
  • Athlon II X4 600e: 2.20 GHz, 2 MB (4 x 512 KB) L2 cache, 45W TDP, US $133
  • Athlon II X4 605e: 2.30 GHz, 2 MB (4 x 512 KB) L2 cache, 45W TDP, US $143
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23 Comments on AMD Expands Athlon II Series Processor Lineup

#1
[Ion]
WCG Team Assistant
Those 45w Athlon II X4s look very promising for lower-power WCG rigs.
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#3
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Damn, I was hoping they would push the Athlon II X4 speeds up to 3.0GHz so I could buy one already. :D
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#4
pantherx12
I love E series, I had a 905e.
Ran sweet.

Idle temps were the same as ambient temps lol

( give or take a degree)
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#5
Zubasa
by: newtekie1
Damn, I was hoping they would push the Athlon II X4 speeds up to 3.0GHz so I could buy one already. :D
Just DIY :roll:
Not like they can't do it @stock volts.
May be not the e versions....
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#6
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: Zubasa
Just DIY :roll:
Not like they can't do it @stock volts.
May be not the e versions....
I don't care about the clock speed, I just want the higher multiplier...
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#7
Zubasa
by: newtekie1
I don't care about the clock speed, I just want the higher multiplier...
A 13x multi on the 620 isn't that bad really.
Should be good for 4Ghz if you are lucky.
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#8
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
13 isn't bad, but 15 would be better.
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#9
wiak
Athlon II X2 235e: 2.70 GHz, 2 MB (2 x 1 MB) L2 cache, 45W TDP, US $69
Athlon II X2 240e: 2.80 GHz, 2 MB (2 x 1 MB) L2 cache, 45W TDP, US $77
wohoo! perfect htpc parts! now the stores have to get one 240e or 235e in stock and am all over it
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#10
cauby
by: wiak
Athlon II X2 235e: 2.70 GHz, 2 MB (2 x 1 MB) L2 cache, 45W TDP, US $69
Athlon II X2 240e: 2.80 GHz, 2 MB (2 x 1 MB) L2 cache, 45W TDP, US $77
wohoo! perfect htpc parts! now the stores have to get one 240e or 235e in stock and am all over it
I was thinking the same thing.:toast:

But,seriously AMD,i know you dominate at the low end,but isn't time to try to compete in the high end?I truly hate to see those a price tag of U$1000 for a CPU.:shadedshu
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#11
suraswami
by: cauby
I was thinking the same thing.:toast:

But,seriously AMD,i know you dominate at the low end,but isn't time to try to compete in the high end?I truly hate to see those a price tag of U$1000 for a CPU.:shadedshu
hush! Let it be like this, now I can play with lot of new CPUs for low cash. If they start to really compete I don't know if the prices will go up :laugh:

And anyway the 955/965 is giving I7 a run for its money in most.

I saw these cpus on sale already at Frys, very tempting but then I have sell few of my existing cpus lol.

:toast:
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#12
pantherx12
Those CPU's are very low power, even more so if you under clocked them, great for htpc's etc.

In the long run you save money on power if you use a computer a lot.
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#13
wiak
by: pantherx12
Those CPU's are very low power, even more so if you under clocked them, great for htpc's etc.

In the long run you save money on power if you use a computer a lot.
AMD 785G + Athlon II 240e = best htpc combo ever :P :toast:
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#14
IcrushitI
Not for prime time

AMD is saying with these processors that the majority of buyers don't need and buy Hi-end machines. " Wow does my E-mail just fly off of my computer and my browsing the web is just unbelievable with four core cpu's." I wonder how many people still go along with the cliche that if one is good, four must be better. It all depends what you use your machine for. Majority of people are uninformed and are sold on the numbers game by the sales people.
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#16
Imsochobo
I want to add up to this:
All amd cpu's do a 280 HT-REF.
Do remember to decrease the NB and HT-Link in order to maintain the cpu only overclocking.

Overclocking just HT-ref does not fess up the use of cool n quiet, tested on Gigabyte MA790FX-DQ6 DFI Lanparty UT 790FX-M2R and DFI LAnparty JR 790GX-M2RS.
All of them managed to overclock my 2.5 ghz 9850 to 3ghz using stock voltage and cool n quiet, i guess PHII does just the same ;)

Making this a good deal when it comes to overclocking, however, changing multiplier fesses it up, anyone else tried this ?
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#17
cyriene
I am interested in one of those quads for my soon to me home server. I was going to use an E8400 that I already have which is faster, but these parts would use less energy which I like more...
I wonder if the 4th core on some of the X3's can be unlocked...
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#18
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Wow, prices are awesome and I definitely am liking the speeds.

With the deal about AMD playing in the high end, early guesses put that in Q1 of 2011 with the 32nm Orochi core. Source is MaximumPC mag.
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#19
handsomerichguy
Cheap price for quad core. Maybe I'll take the X4 for low energy home server or htpc
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#20
lism
This is good, for us as customers.

AMD cannot compete on the high end sector right now, it rather drops prices massivly and offers Quad-cores for like 87$ xD < Stealing market from Intel.

And admit, a combo motherboard + CPU compared to Intel and AMD where AMD is cheaper and a bigger bang for the buck.
# Athlon II X2 240e: 2.80 GHz, 2 MB (2 x 1 MB) L2 cache, 45W TDP, US $77
Sounds like a decent CPU. Now waiting for a vendor to buy it from :)
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#21
Hayder_Master
# Athlon II X2 235e: 2.70 GHz, 2 MB (2 x 1 MB) L2 cache, 45W TDP, US $69
# Athlon II X2 240e: 2.80 GHz, 2 MB (2 x 1 MB) L2 cache, 45W TDP, US $77

i like this two cpu's it is cheap and good performance , it is beat intel dual core cpu's and some core 2 duo's
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#22
Meizuman
by: Imsochobo
I want to add up to this:
All amd cpu's do a 280 HT-REF.
Do remember to decrease the NB and HT-Link in order to maintain the cpu only overclocking.

Overclocking just HT-ref does not fuck up the use of cool n quiet, tested on Gigabyte MA790FX-DQ6 DFI Lanparty UT 790FX-M2R and DFI LAnparty JR 790GX-M2RS.
All of them managed to overclock my 2.5 ghz 9850 to 3ghz using stock voltage and cool n quiet, i guess PHII does just the same ;)

Making this a good deal when it comes to overclocking, however, changing multiplier fucks it up, anyone else tried this ?
PhenomMSRTweaker FTW...

HTT 208 Mhz
Multiplier up to x16
CPU >3.3 Ghz
HT Link & NB 2.27 GHz

At idle, I can drop CPU to 800Mhz (multi x4) and voltage really low (about 0,77 V)
NB voltage can also be altered...
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#23
Kei
Once I saw that list the first thing that came to mind was how sweet those 45W X2's will be. I've got a few builds coming up soon, and it will be super sweet to try out the new 'e' model X2's for those. As usual I'l drop the voltages even lower than stock as far as I can, and the power savings will be simply out of this world.

The speed should be just as amazing as well. :D

Kei
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