HP sells Phenom II X6 1045T based computers

Earlier this month we stumbled upon specifications of two HP computers with unreleased Phenom II 1045T microprocessor. These findings were published on September 11. Today, we learned that two other HP computers with the same processor are sold on Hewlett-Packard website.

The first PC with the six-core Phenom II 1045T CPU is an HP Pavilion Elite HPE-410f. This a modification of HP Pavilion Elite HPE-410y, that we reported earlier on. The HPE-410f houses the same "Alvorix-GL8E" motherboard, Foxconn H-ALVORIX_HF-RS880-uATX, and has identical specification to the HPE-410y: 8 GB of DDR3 memory, 1 TB SATA disk drive, Radeon HD5570 1GB graphics card, Blu-ray DVD reader/writer with LightScribe technology, 8-channel HD audio, 10/100 Base-T network, 802.11 b/g/n mini card, and memory card reader. The computer has 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed, as well as a selection of additional software. Suggested price of the Pavilion Elite HPE-410f PC is $999.99, but the HP site sells it for $918.99 after discount. The same computer can be bought from places like buy.com for $920, Walmart for $898, and Kmart for $919.99,

HP Pavilion Elite HPE-460z main page
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The second computer, that includes AMD Phenom II X6 1045T processor, is HP Pavilion Elite HPE-460z desktop PC. The computer's base configuration is priced at $949.99, and its selection of components is very close to the HPE-410f: AMD 1045T microprocessor, 8 GB of RAM, 1TB SATA hard drive, ATI Radeon HD 5570, Blu-ray player and DVD burner, and 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. The HPE-460z doesn't come with the monitor or speakers. Unlike the HPE-410f, the HPE-460z can be customized to add more memory, better and/or secondary hard drive and DVD drive, a monitor, and improve other components. The processor can be customized too:

CPU customization page for the HP Pavilion Elite HPE-460z computer

As can be seen from the picture, upgrading to Phenom II 1090T CPU costs only $100. The price difference between the 1055T and 1090T is $70, and the difference between the 1075T and 1090T is $40. It's obvious that slower Phenom II models are overpriced to some extent, and to estimate the AMD 1045T price we need to take into account "overprice factor", i.e. the ratio of official price difference between the 1090T and 1055T models, and the price difference on the site: $295 - (($295 - $199) / ($100 - $30) * $100) = $158. The calculated price $158 should be close enough to official price of 1045T CPU in quantities.

Since we referred to other Phenom II X6 microprocessors, it would be appropriate to point out that the main difference of the Phenom II 1045T CPU from the remaining six-core CPUs is a lower operating frequency, 2.7 GHz, and 95 Watt Thermal design power. When three or more cores on the 1045T model are idle, a Turbo Core feature kicks in and increases processor frequency all the way up to 3.2 GHz, which is still lower than the maximum Turbo frequency on the 1055T, 1075T and 1090T models. Other processor features are identical between all six-core CPUs: six-cores-on-a-die design, codenamed "Thuban", 6 MB L3 cache, and an assortment of performance enhancing features, such as AMD64, SSE3 and Virtualization.

Update (Sep 27): Dell currently offers Studio XPS 7100 PC on its Chinese website. The computer with Phenom II X6 1045T CPU, 4 GB of DDR3-133 RAM, 500 GB hard drive, and ATI Radeon HD 5670 1GB video card is listed at 6,299 RMB (940 USD). Dell Studio XPS 7100 PC was the first computer where another AMD six-core OEM microprocessor, Phenom II 1035T, was spotted earlier this year. It feels like AMD is gradually phasing out the 1035T model in favor of newer and slightly faster 1045T processor.

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