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AMD Athlon II X3 435 & Athlon II X2 240e Processors

Date: October 20, 2009
Products: Athlon II X3 435 (2.9 GHz) & Athlon II X2 240e (2.8 GHz) AM3 CPUs
Company: Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
Author: Jason Rabel

New Dual & Triple Core Athlon II AM3 Processors:

We've seen both dual core, and more recently, quad core Athlon II processors. Today AMD is announcing triple core Athlon II processors, along with a whole slew of low-power / energy efficient dual, triple, and quad core Athlon II chips! All the "e" rated chips run a max TDP of only 45W. Today we are going to take a quick look at the Athlon II X3 435 and Athlon II X2 240e CPUs. All these processors are priced aggressively against their Intel counterpart and should lead to some stiff competition.

Athlon II X2 240e

One can assume the new Athlon II X3 processor is really a quad core with one of the cores disabled.

Athlon II X3 435

 

As with previous Athlon II / Phenom II releases, a BIOS update will probably be needed to ensure complete compatibility and functionality with existing AM2+ / AM3 motherboards. Most updates that support these chips have been out for a month or more. Worst case scenario if you are trying to run a newer chip on an older AM2+ board without an update is you will probably have to disable CnQ.

 

Pricing and Availability:

The table below lists most of AMD's newest processors according to prices I found at Newegg & AMD's Processor Pricing List. They are ordered by model number, so pay attention to the core and cache figures! The bold & shaded processors are the new models.

Model Frequency Cores L2 Cache L3 Cache TDP Price
Phenom II X4 965 BE 3.4 GHz 4 2 MB 6 MB 140 W $215
Phenom II X4 955 BE 3.2 GHz 4 2 MB 6 MB 125 W $180
Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz 4 2 MB 6 MB 95 W $166
Phenom II X4 940 BE 3.0 GHz 4 2 MB 6 MB 125 W $169
Phenom II X4 905e 2.5 GHz 4 2 MB 6 MB 65W $170
Phenom II X4 810 2.6 GHz 4 2 MB 4 MB 95 W $143
Phenom II X3 720 BE 2.8 GHz 3 1.5 MB 6 MB 95W $119
Phenom II X3 710 2.6 GHz 3 1.5 MB 6 MB 95W $100
Phenom II X3 705e 2.5 GHz 3 1.5 MB 6 MB 65W $124
Athlon II X4 630 2.8 GHz 4 2 MB - 95W $122
Athlon II X4 620 2.6 GHz 4 2 MB - 95W $99
Athlon II X4 605e 2.3 GHz 4 2 MB - 45W $143
Athlon II X4 600e 2.2 GHz 4 2 MB - 45W $133
Phenom II X2 550 BE 3.1 GHz 2 1 MB 6 MB 80W $102
Phenom II X2 545 3.0 GHz 2 1 MB 6 MB 80W $90
Athlon II X3 435 2.9 GHz 3 1.5 MB - 95W $87
Athlon II X3 425 2.7 GHz 3 1.5 MB - 95W $76
Athlon II X3 405e 2.3 GHz 3 1.5 MB - 45W $102
Athlon II X3 400e 2.2 GHz 3 1.5 MB - 45W $97
Athlon II X2 250 3.0 GHz 2 2 MB - 65W $76
Athlon II X2 245 2.9 GHz 2 2 MB - 65W $66
Athlon II X2 240e 2.8 GHz 2 2 MB - 45W $77
Athlon II X2 240 2.8 GHz 2 2 MB - 65W $60
Athlon II X2 235e 2.7 GHz 2 2 MB - 45W $69

 





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