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AMD Drops, But Also Increases Prices of Some Processors

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AMD has adjusted the prices of five of its processors and introduced one new Athlon II SKU.

In a rather rare move in the x86 processor industry, AMD is now charging more money for two of its A4-series Llano APUs. The dual-core 2.5 GHz A4-3300 processor is now listed for a tray price of $66, up from $64. The dual-core 2.7 GHz A4-3400 is priced at $71, up from $69 before. However, the triple-core A6-3500 (2.1 GHz) was lowered from $89 to $85.

Apparently, AMD currently sees demand for its dual-core Llanos, which may be indicative of the price change.

New in the FM1 line is the Athlon II X4 651, which is clocked at 3.0 GHz and has a TDP of 100 watts. The chip is priced at $92. In comparison, the quad-core A8-3850 with 2.9 GHz is currently priced at $135.

AMD also dropped the price of its 6-core FX-6100 processor from $165 to $155.

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    N.Broekhuijsen , November 17, 2011 9:58 AM
    three0dusterLets make them all the same price, because they are all equally worthless on single threaded applications!

    Go troll somewhere else!

    On topic: Not much to say about this, they are just trying to find the sweet spot with their prices, so yeah. Take advantage of the current drop in the 6 core chip if you were shopping for one.
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    de5_Roy , November 17, 2011 9:56 AM
    zambezi prices are still too high.
    an athlon ii for fm1 seems strange. socket fm1 deserves a 3+ ghz, 3-4 core llano(the ones with igp), not an athlon ii. or may be a 32 nm phenom ii x2-x4(without igp) for fm1 - that'd be awesome.
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    N.Broekhuijsen , November 17, 2011 9:58 AM
    three0dusterLets make them all the same price, because they are all equally worthless on single threaded applications!

    Go troll somewhere else!

    On topic: Not much to say about this, they are just trying to find the sweet spot with their prices, so yeah. Take advantage of the current drop in the 6 core chip if you were shopping for one.
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    fazers_on_stun , November 17, 2011 10:01 AM
    +1 about Bulldozer pricing - $50 too high for the 8150 as it barely beats the 1100T.

    Seems like with the layoffs and now this, AMD is positioning itself to be profitable at the low end. So I think AMD will have some pretty startling news at their financial conference in January..
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    ojas , November 17, 2011 10:18 AM
    three0dusterLets make them all the same price, because they are all equally worthless on single threaded applications!

    not saying it's true, though it was funny :D 
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    theJ , November 17, 2011 10:40 AM
    I've built two budget computers with these chips. Guess more people are doing the same. They've been good value for a while now, so i wonder what changed...
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    notsleep , November 17, 2011 10:47 AM
    sometimes i wonder about this site when they consider this news.
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    nikorr , November 17, 2011 10:55 AM
    I think if u look to Intel prices, AMD is pretty cheap.

    This move is to motivate people to buy more expensive, instead of the cheaper ones.
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    madm8bh , November 17, 2011 12:02 PM
    Not bad for cost effective solutions. Just need a significant price drop on the buldozers.
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    Anonymous , November 17, 2011 12:04 PM
    Zambezi needs a 100$ price cut to be competitive with SB.
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    aldaia , November 17, 2011 12:17 PM
    fazers_on_stun AMD is positioning itself to be profitable at the low end.

    This is actually the segment to make money. Even the low end has more compute power than 90% of the users need. Though, 90% of Tom's reader's may not agree.
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    Marco925 , November 17, 2011 12:29 PM
    three0dusterLets make them all the same price, because they are all equally worthless on single threaded applications!
    who the hell still uses single threaded applications for the majority of their workload? Get out of the stone age man....
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    molo9000 , November 17, 2011 12:31 PM
    luc vrZambezi needs a 100$ price cut to be competitive with SB.


    LOL. That would make the FX-8150 cheaper than the cheapest SB i5. That's insane.

    The FX-8150 should priced somewhere between the i5-2500k and the i7-2600k. Probably closer to the i5-2500k though.
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    aevm , November 17, 2011 12:33 PM
    I think it's just inflation caused by the currency exchange rates. In the past year the euro/US$ rate went from 1.30 to 1.35. It was as high as 1.48 at some point. Companies like AMD, who pay part of their employees in euros (e.g. in Germany) and get a lot of their revenue from the US, have to raise US prices to compensate.
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    jgutz2006 , November 17, 2011 12:55 PM
    im with nikorr, bump up the cheapest and drop down the best processors. then users get to a decision when picking their CPU of choice, and for a llittle bit more, they can upgrade to a better cpu. sell more PC's with the better processor will make more casual computer users happy with the performance from AMD i think, and then maybe sell more CPUs in the long run
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    fulle , November 17, 2011 1:07 PM
    molo9000LOL. That would make the FX-8150 cheaper than the cheapest SB i5. That's insane.The FX-8150 should priced somewhere between the i5-2500k and the i7-2600k. Probably closer to the i5-2500k though.


    That sounds about right, actually. The 8150 is inferior to the i5-2500k in almost every situation, while having much much worse efficiency.... and the 2400, frankly, also outclasses the 8150 in enough situations that I think the 8150 should come in UNDER the 2400's price.
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    billybobser , November 17, 2011 1:10 PM
    athlon II in FM1 sockets is counter intuitive.

    The money saved from buying a mobo to fit a llano chip, only to waste it on having to buy a gfx card, added the fact that you've bought a mobo incompatible with any upgrade.

    Not sure why anyone would buy it.
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    memadmax , November 17, 2011 1:13 PM
    Expensive paperweights are Expensive paperweights.......
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    fulle , November 17, 2011 1:15 PM
    billybobserathlon II in FM1 sockets is counter intuitive.The money saved from buying a mobo to fit a llano chip, only to waste it on having to buy a gfx card, added the fact that you've bought a mobo incompatible with any upgrade.Not sure why anyone would buy it.


    I can run through similar logic failure on just about every AMD chip except the A8-3850.
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    de5_Roy , November 17, 2011 1:20 PM
    Quote:
    That sounds about right, actually. The 8150 is inferior to the i5-2500k in almost every situation, while having much much worse efficiency.... and the 2400, frankly, also outclasses the 8150 in enough situations that I think the 8150 should come in UNDER the 2400's price.

    aw man, don't bring i5 2400 into this ;) .
    when at benchmarked fx 8150, the 2400 kept up very closely in most cases, was ahead in some cases and was slightly behind in the heavily multithreaded tests. and it crushed fx in power consumption and was better in gaming. that's a locked general purpose 4 core desktop cpu(2400) almost totally nearly outclassing a flagship top-of-teh-line enthusiast 8 core cpu(fx 8150).
    if tom's included an i5 2400 in their efficiency analysis articles, fx 8150 would further embarrass itself.
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