I've found some reviews online of the new AMD Athlon II X3 415e and X4 610e, but can't find them for purchase anywhere yet. Google has not been as "friendly" as usual. I called Newegg yesterday, and the Customer Service Rep had no information on them. Has anyone seen these yet?
None of the new processors recently launched have hit retail any where, seems AMD did a paper launch. Or retailers are selling off older product before buying, whatever the case I haven't seen any of them. If you building a computer your self, I don't see a reason to pay for the over priced 45W processors, they're just the regular chips undervolted. It's rather easy to undervolt a processor in the BIOS.
Although my goal is to build a mini-ITX system which will almost certainly have power limitations, it appears that undervolting/underclocking one of the existing chips, even if it still won't quite get down to 45W, should be enough to fit under a 300W ceiling. Thanks for the wake-up call.
I've considered i3, and the power numbers do look good, but performance on some benchmarks I've found looks..."unpredictable," and frequently less than one of the considerably cheaper AMD offerings. I'm actually planning to build a very portable, multipurpose machine that I intend to be capable of playing moderately demanding games; GPU may be as low as a HD5670, more likely a HD5750. The case will most likely be either a Sugo SG05 or a Lian Li PC-Q08. I will probably start a discussion thread about this build fairly soon. I'm waiting for a mini-ITX board that supports AM3 and has a PCIE X16 slot on it to become available; Sapphire has one that isn't here yet, and I believe Gigabyte is also about to release one.
I've tried the 620 propus (overclocked at 3.1) but my 530 is significantly faster. I run it at 3.9 with no voltage increases. I dropped the ram speed to 800 and increased the cpu fsb from 133 to 178 and the overclock is very stable. The difference in price between the 635 and i3 530 combos at frys is only about $20. The 530 is much easier to overclock.