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AMD etailer tri-core pricing leaks out; seems expensive

by Tarinder Sandhu on 14 April 2008, 01:17


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AMD will officially launch at least a triumvirate of B3 stepping tri-core processors into the channel later on this month, if widely-circulating reports are to be believed.

Adding credence to this fact is pre-launch pricing over at Komplett.

Here's how they line up to their quad-core brethren:

Processors Cores Clock speed L2 cache (total) L3 cache Memory-controller speed Voltage TDP etailer pricing
AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition 4 2.5GHz 2MiB 2MiB 2.0GHz 1.2-1.3V 125W £145
AMD Phenom X4 9750 4 2.4GHz 2MiB 2MiB 1.8GHz 1.2-1.3V 125W £135
AMD Phenom X4 9650* 4 2.3GHz 2MiB 2MiB 1.8GHz 1.2-1.3V 95W £130?
AMD Phenom X4 9550 4 2.2GHz 2MiB 2MiB 1.8GHz 1.2V 95W £122
AMD Phenom X4 9100e* 4 1.8GHz 2MiB 2MiB 1.6GHz 1.1V? 65W ?
AMD Phenom X3 8750 3 2.4GHz 1.5MiB 2MiB 1.8GHz 1.05V-1.2V 95W £122
AMD Phenom X3 8650 3 2.3GHz 1.5MiB 2MiB 1.8GHz 1.05V-1.2V 95W £112
AMD Phenom X3 8450 3 2.1GHz 1.5MiB 2MiB 1.8GHz 1.05V-1.2V 95W £99

* - currently unreleased.

Now, if the Komplett pricing is indicative of other etailers' when the tri-core processors are officially released, they seem to be stack up poorly against the full-flavour quad-core models.

For example, the tri-core X3 8750 is only £13 cheaper than the quad-core X4 9750. The 2.4GHz-clocked X3 8750 is also the same pre-order price as the 2.2GHz X4 9550.

Conjecturing somewhat, we reckon that tri-core performance will be around 70 per cent that of an equivalently-clocked quad-core model, so pricing, really, should reflect that.

We fully appreciate that pre-order pricing invariably attracts a premium, but AMD needs to keep it competitive; otherwise what's the point?

Frankly, the X3 8750 should be nearer £100 and the X3 8450 tip the financial scales at £85 or so, to make sense right now.

AMD still has the cheapest quad-core CPUs on the market, however, with Intel's volume-selling Q6600 (G0, 65nm) currently at £150 and 45nm-based Q9300 at around £185.

On a more pertinent note, the AMD tri-core CPUs will need to be performance-competitive against the £105 Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 (2.33GHz, 1,333MHz FSB, 4MiB L2 cache) and £115 Core 2 Duo E6750 (2.67GHz, 1,333MHz FSB, 4MiB L2 cache).

The Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 (2.67GHz, 1,333MHz FSB, 6MiB L2 cache) represents the 45nm dual-core threat, with limited-quantity pricing at around £120 right now.

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I can't really see those being better than the current Core2Duo/Quad core Intel CPUs out. Clock rates are similar, caches are similar (bit lower on the AMD ones, but they have a L3 cache oO). Those are higher voltages as well aren't they?
Slash £15 of the price and then we are talking… They should outperform the duos clock for clock… I haven't seen any reviews of these tri-cores yet though…
bring the highest one down too ~£130 and it will be a bargin i think. Hopefully these are good cpu's, would be nice for amd too get somewhere as they have actually been trying.
Oh dear and there is an Intel price drop next sunday.
Slash Ā£15 of the price and then we are talking… They should outperform the duos clock for clock… I haven't seen any reviews of these tri-cores yet though…

They dont from what i have read so far… even without that damn bug