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AMD Phenom II X4: 45nm Benchmarked


Prices for the Phenom II fall into a fairly narrow range. For lots of 1,000, AMD will sell a Phenom II X4 940 running at 3.0 GHz for about $275 each, while the 200 MHz slower Phenom II X4 920 goes for $235 per unit. We also compared system costs for AMD and Intel builds as well.

SystemAMD Phenom IIIntel Core i7Intel Core 2 Quad
ProcessorPhenom X4 940:  $275 Core i7 920:  $300 Core 2 Quad Q6600: $190
MotherboardMSI DKA790GX: $130 Asus P6T: $249Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P: $135
RAMG.SKILL 4GB: $49 G.SKILL 6GB: $144 G.SKILL 4GB: $49

A comparable Core 2 Quad Q6600 system from Intel costs about $80 less than a Phenom II system. But the Core i7 is no competition to the Phenom II in this price segment, thanks to the i7’s tri-channel DDR3 RAM and its still fairly expensive motherboards.