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Jon Childs
01-28-2010, 03:00 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://hothardware.com/Articles/AMD-Phenom-II-X2-555-and-Athlon-II-X4-635-Performance/?page=1' target='_blank'>http://hothardware.com/Articles/AMD...ormance/?page=1</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"AMD is launching a bevy of new processors today, targeted squarely at budget conscious consumers, looking to save a few bucks on the their next PC build. The new processors differ from previous offerings in their respective product families in terms of frequency, and of course their model names, but all are based on existing architectures and technology."</em></p><p>&nbsp;<img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/wpt/auto/1264655382.usr486.jpg" style="border: 0;" /></p><p>Anyone looking for an affordable new CPU got some good news recently.&nbsp;AMD launched their fastest dual core and quad core CPUs to date.&nbsp;With the top of the line dual core coming in at $99 and the top of the line quad core coming in at $119, they both provide a nice bang for the buck.&nbsp; Hothardware takes a look at&nbsp;AMD's latest offerings and they seem quite impressed with the value of both processors.&nbsp; The quad core chip gives the Intel Core i5-661 a run for its money at a much lower price.&nbsp; AMD probably won't be able to match Intel at the very top of the line, but they do provide a tempting option for those looking to save a few bucks.</p>

Reid Kistler
01-30-2010, 09:43 PM
My wife and I are both running AMD chips on our personal desktop machines, one of which we built ourselves, and bang-for-the-buck was certainly a factor in both cases.

Am in the process of re-building another AMD based system (cpu is actually faster than one in wife's current machine), and have 2 others in workroom awaiting service (either software or HD related) - so personal impression is that AMD has indeed become acceptable to a number of people, at least those who are shopping on something of a budget.

OTOH, we went for an Intel Core i7 when choosing a machine for youngest daughter - although admittedly goal was a fairly "high end" system in order to run Photoshop CS4 - but systems have become so fast that for most users the CPU choice is simply no longer any bottleneck at all, so why not save a few buck? :)