Phenom 9700, AMD's 1st Quad-Core CPU

Pricing - Phenom 9600 For $279

At the launch event, AMD finally announced Euro-prices for the Phenom line.

The AMD Phenom 9500 (2.20 GHz) will sell for only $248 (€169), while the Phenom 9600 (2.3 GHz) comes with a price tag of $279 (€190).

Taking a look at online stores reveals that the asking price there is about $118 higher than AMD's recommended price. However, bearing in mind that these same stores also still list the Phenom 9700 with 2.40 GHz - which has been pushed back to 2008 - we can expect to see prices drop rather quickly.

For reference, Intel sells its smallest quad-core CPU, the Intel Core 2 Q6600, which is also rated at a TDP of 95 W, for around $323. These prices are for the box versions.

Overpriced in the shops

Viewed from a price/performance perspective, we can say that at this price, AMD's processor offers about the same value for money as Intel's Q6600 quad-core part.

In a personal interview with Dave Everitt we found out that AMD is also planning a faster FX version of the Phenom CPU. Furthermore, he revealed that there will also be a quad-core CPU for the 4x4/Quad-FX platform, resulting in a dual-processor eight-core system.

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  • spearhead
    good review but you should have had included more result of the overclocked phenom. i just want to know how much juce i you can push out of it for me it is a must it beats the 6400+ otherwise its not worth purchasing in my opinion, it just has to beat its older generation when its running at same clocks.that is why amd has to work on its clock speed and cache. hopefully deneb will be out soon. i would also realy appriciate it to see some review about the phenom 9850 black edition compared against both the 6000+ 6400+ and q6600 and q9300 and maybe some e8xxx model. with overclocked results. pushed it to the maximum. would be realy cool hehe :)
  • haifen
    The SB700 does indeed support at least one PATA port as my motherboard has an IDE connector and I can use it with the ATIIXP PATA driver.