AMD cuts prices on A-Series APUs and FX CPUs

A few days after announcement of Intel's Ivy Bridge micro-architecture, many news sites reported that some European retailers slashed prices of FX-8150 processors by 15% - 20%, and suggested that AMD may have dropped the prices of other processors as well. Today AMD published new pricelist, confirming price drop for the FX-8150 model. The company also cut prices of six- and quad-core FX-Series chips, and for all microprocessors from A-Series.

The prices of AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APU) were reduced by $10 - $30. The biggest price drop in absolute and relative terms was for quad-core AMD A8-3850, which was one of the first desktop processors, marketed as "Accelerated Processing Unit" (APU). That chip is now $20, or 22.2%, cheaper. The price of unlocked A6-3670K was reduced from $115 to $100 (13% drop), and the price of the top of the line A8-3870K is now $115, or approximately 15% cheaper. As a note, APUs are based on enhanced K10 core, codenamed "Llano", and they integrate from 2 to 4 CPUs, and HD 6000-series graphics. These processors are not positioned against recently announced quad-core Ivy Bridge processors. As such, the pricing change is much more likely related to upcoming launch of the next generation of APUs, rather than to Ivy Bridge announcement. Old and new prices, as well as specifications of all Llano processors, are provided below:

ModelCoresFrequencyTurbo FrequencyL2 cacheTDPOld priceNew priceDifference
A4-3300 2 2.5 GHz N/A 1 MB 65 Watt $66 $55 16.7%
A4-3400 2 2.7 GHz N/A 1 MB 65 Watt $71 $59 16.9%
A6-3500 3 2.1 GHz 2.4 GHz 3 MB 65 Watt $85 $75 11.8%
A6-3600 4 2.1 GHz 2.4 GHz 4 MB 65 Watt $109 $95 12.8%
A6-3650 4 2.6 GHz N/A 4 MB 100 Watt $115 $95 17.4%
A6-3670K 4 2.7 GHz N/A 4 MB 100 Watt $115 $100 13%
A8-3800 4 2.4 GHz 2.7 GHz 4 MB 65 Watt $129 $105 18.6%
A8-3820 4 2.5 GHz 2.8 GHz 4 MB 65 Watt $129 $115 10.9%
A8-3850 4 2.9 GHz N/A 4 MB 100 Watt $135 $105 22.2%
A8-3870K 4 3 GHz N/A 4 MB 100 Watt $135 $115 14.8%

Price cuts of FX-Series processors are most certainly related to recent Intel announcement, as eight-core AMD FX processors are in direct competition with Sandy Bridge / Ivy Bridge quad-core CPUs. That explains pretty significant price change for the FX-8150, which was downpriced from $245 to $205, or by 16%. The second eight-core high-performance chip, FX-8120, received 10.8% price cut. The prices of six-core FX-6100 and FX-6200 parts were reduced by $10, or by 7% and 6% respectively. The prices of quad-core FX microprocessors didn't change:

ModelCoresFrequencyTurbo FrequencyL3 cacheTDPOld priceNew priceDifference
FX-6100 6 3.3 GHz 3.9 GHz 8 MB 95 Watt $145 $135 6.9%
FX-6200 6 3.8 GHz 4.1 GHz 8 MB 125 Watt $165 $155 6.1%
FX-8120 8 3.1 GHz 4 GHz 8 MB 125 Watt $185 $165 10.8%
FX-8150 8 3.6 GHz 4.2 GHz 8 MB 125 Watt $245 $205 16.3%

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