AMD Phenom II X4 975 BE and 840
We’ve seen quite a bit of action from AMD lately. They’ve been pushing some minor refreshes in the second half of the year and we’ve seen creeping clock speeds upward to try to combat Intel’s architectural advantage, but AMD has relied on superior performance per dollar. They’re not as fast in benchmarks, but they’re far superior in terms of value for your dollar, and that’s not even counting Intel’s mess of sockets and naming schemes.
Today we’re seeing the release of a couple new AMD processors. They are the Phenom II X4 840 and the Phenom II X4 975. AMD has been on a roll lately, shooting out two new sets of processors within a month. There’s one thing we should get out of the way – they’re still not Bulldozer though.
However, with Intel’s Sandy Bridge lineup now released and the Core i5 models proving to be monster chips at reasonable prices, these new CPUs from AMD seem to be a stop-gap measure until Bulldozer arrives.
Let’s see how things shake out.