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AMD Releases Value-Oriented Athlon II X2 280

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AMD releases an old Athlon II based CPU intended for entry level desktops

AMD's older series of Athlon IIs aren't going out a service yet with the release of the "new" Regor Chip with a large lithographic size of 45 nm. The CPU is built for the AM3 socket and therefore also compatible with the AM2, AM2+, AM3 and AM3+. 

The CPU is based on AMD's K10.5 architecture, and the chip's cores run at an impressive 3.6 GHz, accompanied by 1MB of L2 cache per core. The integrated memory controller supports both dual channel DDR2 and DDR3. The TDP is rated at just 65W which bodes well for economic use.

Pricing is set at an MSRP of just $49.99

 

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    de5_Roy , February 12, 2013 2:09 AM
    call it regor mortis
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    merikafyeah , February 12, 2013 2:22 AM
    $50? I'd rather spend a little more and get a much better processor. There are often great deals on superior Phenom II X4s and X6s.

    Like this Phenom II X4 965 for $75 (as of 02-11-2013) :
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2372719
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    A Bad Day , February 12, 2013 2:25 AM
    master_chen>Athlon II X2>2013LOL! That's not even funny, guys!I'd understand if that was some Phenoms, but Athlon?....AMD...seriously....wtf are you doin'? You're making entire world laugh and poke fingers at you.


    It's called getting rid of old inventory (it even supports DDr2!). Better to sell it for a bargain price than to toss it into the dumpster.
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    de5_Roy , February 12, 2013 2:09 AM
    call it regor mortis
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    DarkSable , February 12, 2013 2:14 AM
    ^Aside from your bad grammar, your trolling is atrocious. This is actually a very smart move on AMD's part, as this should help counter the Pentium as the budget CPU of choice.

    It's pretty impressive for being only $50
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    merikafyeah , February 12, 2013 2:22 AM
    $50? I'd rather spend a little more and get a much better processor. There are often great deals on superior Phenom II X4s and X6s.

    Like this Phenom II X4 965 for $75 (as of 02-11-2013) :
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2372719
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    shikamaru31789 , February 12, 2013 2:22 AM
    darksable^Aside from your bad grammar, your trolling is atrocious. This is actually a very smart move on AMD's part, as this should help counter the Pentium as the budget CPU of choice.It's pretty impressive for being only $50


    I could be wrong, but I don't think he was trolling. I laughed at his pun anyway. But I do agree it's good that they're releasing a new Budget CPU, even if it likely doesn't stand a chance again Intel's budget offering. But what AMD really needs to do is get the Athlon II X4 750K out.
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    m32 , February 12, 2013 2:24 AM
    ^ It might be 'Old stock'.
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    A Bad Day , February 12, 2013 2:25 AM
    master_chen>Athlon II X2>2013LOL! That's not even funny, guys!I'd understand if that was some Phenoms, but Athlon?....AMD...seriously....wtf are you doin'? You're making entire world laugh and poke fingers at you.


    It's called getting rid of old inventory (it even supports DDr2!). Better to sell it for a bargain price than to toss it into the dumpster.
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    excella1221 , February 12, 2013 2:26 AM
    Quote:
    >Athlon II X2
    >2013
    LOL! That's not even funny, guys!
    I'd understand if that was some Phenoms, but Athlon?....AMD...seriously....wtf are you doin'? You're making entire world laugh and poke fingers at you.

    I don't understand what's funny or even wrong. Intel still releases new lines of Pentium and Celeron, lol.
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    master_chen , February 12, 2013 2:28 AM
    merikafyeah$50? I'd rather spend a little more and get a much better processor. There are often great deals on superior Phenom II X4s.


    Exactly my point, but AMD-kids will keep on raging and thumb me down for my previous comment just because they're totally inept and don't use brains before doing something.
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    esrever , February 12, 2013 2:42 AM
    master_chenExactly my point, but AMD-kids will keep on raging and thumb me down for my previous comment just because they're totally inept and don't use brains before doing something.

    Well if you make a point that makes you look like a 12 year old. You get what you deserve.
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    JonnyDough , February 12, 2013 2:43 AM
    merikafyeah$50? I'd rather spend a little more and get a much better processor. There are often great deals on superior Phenom II X4s and X6s.Like this Phenom II X4 965 for $75 (as of 02-11-2013) :http://www.tigerdirect.com/applica [...] No=2372719


    Not all motherboards can handle 125w. I happen to have an AM3 board that can't. This is a good upgrade for someone looking for a fast dual core to play most of today's and all older games with.
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    Anonymous , February 12, 2013 2:48 AM
    Intel releases Pentiums and Celerons, sure.
    (hint: they're not using outdated lithography like this particular "budget offering")
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    merikafyeah , February 12, 2013 3:07 AM
    mayankleoboy1just tested this. Its faster than the FX8350

    I was also shocked to discover that by overclocking my Pentium 4 to 4.0 GHz, it could run laps around some Core 2 Duos!!!

    True story.
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    anxiousinfusion , February 12, 2013 3:20 AM
    They're still tweaking the K10 architecture?!
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    peanut_bully , February 12, 2013 3:21 AM
    mayankleoboy1just tested this. Its faster than the FX8350

    System specs and results, or it didn't happen!!
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    master_chen , February 12, 2013 3:22 AM
    Br0seidonthey're not using outdated lithography like this particular "budget offering"

    Exactly.
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    digiex , February 12, 2013 3:34 AM
    This is a viable replacement for those with very tight budget who want to upgrade without changing the motherboard.

    FM1/FM2 sans the GPU is a flop though.
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    emdea , February 12, 2013 4:37 AM
    antilycusBecaus enothing beats clock speed, period. 2 cores is probably the most you'll get out of todays "just make it compile" programmers. It's truly a dying art. Everyone just wants their results and they don't care how they get it (IBM excluded). A 4GHZ single core processor will wipe the floor of a quad core 2.0 ghz processor. memory can't be shared between cores. You are still only excecuting one instruction per cycle (2 w/ "hyper threading"). Either way data from core one, can't be shared with core2, so you are always suck waiting. Multicore is a marketing gimick.


    Right on the first part. Very wrong on the rest...

    For everyone not doing hardcore video editing or some crazy exact and multithreaded 3d rendering a Dual Core with solid architecture clocked at over 4Ghz will be enough. Yes, even modern games at ultra settings.

    Only thing bad about this CPU is the lack of L3 which more and more apps take advantage of...
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