New AMD CPUs show up in retail stores
A few days left before AMD officially announces new refresh of Athlon II and Phenom II microprocessor line-ups. In this refresh AMD is going to introduce new dual-, triple- and quad-core Athlon II CPUs with model numbers 265, 450 and 645, and three Phenom II microprocessors - dual-core 560, quad-core 970, and six-core 1075T. Two Phenom IIs, X2 560 and X4 970, will be sold as Black Edition versions, that is they can be overclocked above rated frequency by increasing clock multiplier in BIOS. The most interesting models in this refresh are Phenom II X4 970, the fastest clocked AMD microprocessor to date, and Phenom II X6 1075T, which fills a gap between 2.8 GHz 1055T model, priced around $200, and 3.2 GHz 1090T model, priced close to $300.
Many forthcoming models were on pre-order in online stores as early as August. While some new models are still on pre-order, like Athlon II X2 265 and Phenom II X4 970, other processors can be bought online or in brick and mortar stores. Online retailer Provantage.com shows 4 models in stock: Athlon II 450 and 645, and Phenom II 560 BE and 1075T. The same boxed models are available from Fry's Electronics and Fry.com. Athlon II X3 450 and X4 645 models can be bought from Buy.com. Online store Tigerdirect.com has Athlon II X4 645 CPU. For your convenience, we compiled current prices for aforementioned Athlon II and Phenom microprocessors in the table below.
Please note that Buy.com offers free shipping, while shipping charges for other retailers may vary.
Update (Sep 19): The actual price of Phenom II X6 1075T processor in Fry's Electronics stores is $179.99 until September 21st.
Sep 21: AMD updates Athlon II and Phenom II lineups
Sep 10: AMD Phenom II X4 970 is available for pre-order
Aug 11: New AMD desktop CPUs are on the way
Jul 28: AMD boxed desktop processors for Q3/Q4 2010
Jul 20: AMD Athlon II and Phenom II CPUs planned for the third quarter