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Exactly 24 hours ago, Intel revealed their brand new Sandy Bridge architecture and for the most part the accompanying processors were well received. In an effort to add to the pre-CES deluge of product announcements, AMD has decided to join in on the fun by introducing two new products of their own. While we won’t be seeing a new desktop architecture from AMD for the next little while, upcoming Phenom and Athlon processors will feature an increased focus upon performance per dollar. Make no mistake about it: that’s good news for consumers.

This isn’t necessarily a response to Sandy Bridge –that’s coming in a few months- but rather an attempt by AMD to flesh out their Q1 2011 lineup with two parts that are cut from very different pieces of cloth. The star of this show is the enthusiast friendly 3.6Ghz Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition which is supposed to provide an affordable upgrade path for budget-conscious users who still have older AM3 processors. With a price of just under $200, we can see this being highly appealing for AMD’s intended audience.

The other processor being launched may not have the star status that comes with a “Black Edition†moniker but in our eyes it is just as interesting as its enthusiast-marketed big brother. AMD has high expectations for the new Phenom II X4 840; a native quad core processor that’s priced at a mere $102. No matter which way you look at things, this is a simply amazing value regardless of the 840’s lack of an L3 cache structure...
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The 975 doesn't look bad. It's no i7 killer though but it's a step in the right direction. Not bad for under $200 though. But the overclocking isn't too impressive. For a 3.6Ghz their highest stable overclock was only 4.1Ghz.

The Phenom II X4 840 is a great deal though at only $102.
    
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The 975 doesn't look bad. It's no i7 killer though but it's a step in the right direction. Not bad for under $200 though. But the overclocking isn't too impressive. For a 3.6Ghz their highest stable overclock was only 4.1Ghz.

The Phenom II X4 840 is a great deal though at only $102.
PFT. At 102 it's a steal! Brand new Quaddy for 100 bucks? Helloooooo Nurse!

I have a 955, I bought within a few weeks of hitting the shelves, so I'm not too tempted to go after the new 975, but for those who do have older AM3 processors or those who have AM2 processors on AM2/3 mobos, this is definitely a good thing.
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840 sounds like an unlocked athlon x3 440, or atleast that's what cpu-z says when I unlocked my 440
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PFT. At 102 it's a steal! Brand new Quaddy for 100 bucks? Helloooooo Nurse!

I have a 955, I bought within a few weeks of hitting the shelves, so I'm not too tempted to go after the new 975, but for those who do have older AM3 processors or those who have AM2 processors on AM2/3 mobos, this is definitely a good thing.
Yeah but its as exiting as referring to Pentium D as a dam good Dual core.
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Yeah but its as exiting as referring to Pentium D as a dam good Dual core.
You've just gotta take the fun out of everything don't you?
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Besides clock speed, is there any difference between the Athlon II X4 and the Phenom 840?
I'd be awesome if they were Deneb cores with unlockable L3 caches.
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If you want reviews on these chips, just look at the billions of other articles on current Phenom II's. Yeah. Nothing new here, same tech, yada yada. Not really an answer to Sandy Bridge in the slightest. They're just filler.

Moving along..
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Well, this provoked a resounding storm of apathy... as usual. Just AMD filling in some gaps before Bulldozer comes out.
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X4 975 is a good CPU for someone that does not overclock.
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