AMD Goes After Mainstream with Triple-Core ChipsBy Scott Ferguson | Posted 2008-03-27 Email Print
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The chip maker will also roll out a series of new quad-core Phenom processors, including an energy-efficient model.
In an effort to remake both its mainstream and high-end desktop offerings, Advanced Micro Devices is releasing the first of its tri-core Phenom processors and is adding several new quad-core parts to its lineup.
AMD will release two Phenom X3 triple-core processors, along with five additional Phenom X4 quad-core processors, March 26, as the chip maker and its OEM partners prepare to refresh their PC lineups during the second quarter of 2008. Hewlett-Packard and Dell are both expected to offer new systems built around these AMD chips.
While some of the quad-core and tri-core processors offer the same amount of performance, AMD is hoping to distinguish the Phenom X3 chips from the X4 chips through aggressive pricing. While the tri-core models will start at about $150 per 1,000 units shipped, the quad-core parts begin at about $200. For now, AMD is selling the Phenom X3 chips directly to OEMs, but the quad-core parts will be available through its channel.