Athlon II X3 435: AMD's Three-Core, 2.9 GHz, $87 Triple-Threat

AMD Adds Low-Power CPUs To The Lineup

Not content with releasing the new Athlon II X3 models alone, AMD has augmented its stable with a host of new low-power CPU options based on the Athlon II lineup:

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Athlon II Product Lineup - Low-Power Models
CPU:Athlon II X2 235eAthlon II X2 240eAthlon II X3 400eAthlon II X3 405eAthlon II X4 600eAthlon II X4 605e
CPU Cores:223344
Clock Speed:2.7 GHz2.8 GHz2.2 GHz2.3 GHz2.2 GHz2.3 GHz
L1 Cache:2 x 128KB2 x 128KB3 x 128KB3 x 128KB4 x 128KB4 x 128KB
L2 Cache:2 x 1MB2 x 1MB3 x 512KB3 x 512KB4 x 512KB4 x 512KB
Hypertransport:4,000 MHz4,000 MHz4,000 MHz4,000 MHz4,000 MHz4,000 MHz
Thermal Envelope:45W45W45W45W45W45W
Price (MSRP):$69$77$97$102$133$143

All of these new models boast the same maximum power draw, a low 45W TDP. Most notably, we can see that the Athlon II X4 605e employs the lowest power requirements from a consumer-grade quad-core CPU to date. Maximum power is very close to the 40W Opteron EE, and this is certainly an attractive feature for companies with large workstation deployments.

As we'll see in the power benchmarks later, when paired with a power-sipping integrated graphics processor like the 785G, these processors can contribute to a system with a very small energy footprint.

  • wintermint
    AMD CPUs been appealing to budget builders lately :)
  • invlem
    I think my HTPC just found its new processor, been running a 5200+ for the last while
  • ominous prime
    AMD is really thriving in the budget sector, I wonder how the i3's will affect the market. I hope AMD can get back to head to head with Intel on the high end though.
  • rdawise
    Smart move by AMD by attacking the budget crowd (especially around the holiday season). I am surprised how well this thing did against the X2 550! Seems like a good candidate for a budget gaming/multipurpose build. Any release dates available (for NewEgg)?
  • tacoslave
    this is awesome but (and its a big one) i kinda wanted to see something that pwns intels core i7 in everything. Kind of like what they are doing in the graphics department but total domination. How long will i wait!!!
  • lemonade4

    2 cores 2 threads?
  • JonathanDeane
    3 cores at almost 3Ghz for this cheap? Hmmm not a huge AMD fan but this is plenty of CPU for most people. I would snap one up if I was building a system right now.
  • DokkRokken
    That's one impressive little chip! Pair this with a 770 chipset and you'd have the basis for a cheap and cheerful gaming PC!
  • cleeve
    lemonade4 0Stock.jpg2 cores 2 threads?
    Aha! Thanks for catching that. After I had done the testing I was playing around with disabling CPU cores in the OS, and I forgot to turn them back on to take the screenshot. Fixed!
  • sonofliberty08
    did the disable core of Athlon II X3 435 can be unlock ?