AMD preparing four greener Phenom processors
The top dog(g) of the next release wave is a Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition that got a shrink in TDP and instead of 140W, it has a 125W rating. Other than that, the quad-core has the same specs of the 140W model – 2.6 GHz clock, 2MB of L3 cache and 4000 MHz HyperTransport, and will cost $186 (price is for 1000-unit tray quantities).
Next up, AMD will offer a Black Edition Phenom X3 8730 with a 2.4 GHz clock, a 95W TDP and an unlocked multiplier for $139, the $105-priced Athlon X2 6500 Black Edition and the energy efficient Athlon X2 5050e ($90). Excitement definitely eludes us this time.