On Tuesday, AMD announced a new version of its flagship "Black" Phenom X4, as well as two energy-efficient versions of the Phenom X4 chip.
However, the AMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition does not command a flagship price: AMD is charging a suggested retail price of just $235 for the 2.6-GHz chip. AMD also released the AMD Phenom X4 9350e, a 2.0-GHz processor for $195; and the AMD Phenom X4 9150e, a 1.8-GHz version for $175.
All three chips are manufactured on AMD's 65-nm process, contain 2 Mbytes of a shard level 3 cache and include 512 Kbytes of level-2 cache per core.
Price-wise, the most comparable Intel chip is the Q9300 (2.5-GHz, 6 Mbytes level-2 cache, 1,333-MHz front-side bus) or the Q6700 (2.4-GHz, 8 Mbytes L2 cache, 1,066 MHz front-side bus) which both sell for $266.
AMD's new Black processor consumes 140 watts at maximum, an increase over the 9850, which consumes 125 watts. However, the chip also ships with AMD's OverDrive software with clock multiplier control, allowing users to scale down the performance to save power, or dial it up for more performance. At Computex, Asus releaed a list of boards that could accept the new 140-watt Black chips.
The energy-efficient Phenom X4s, on the other hand, consume no more than 65 watts in total.