Online Vendors Now Taking Orders for AMD 6-Core Phenom Chips

Let the battle for six-core supremacy begin. Up until now, Intel's ultra expensive Core i7 980X has been the only consumer-level six-core chip on the planet, but that all changes today now that a handful of online vendors have begun listing AMD's Phenom II X6 processor line.

Provantage, for example, has started taking orders for AMD's Phenom II X6 1090T processor. This six-core chip races along at 3.2GHz and comes equipped with 9MB of L3 cache. You penny pinchers will be happy to know that it doesn't demand anywhere near the same pricing premium as Intel's 980X, and is instead listed at a much more pedestrian $318.50.



Just because you can order these parts doesn't mean you'll receive them right away. Provantage has the 1090T listed as a "Special Order" item and warns that "special order items can take as long as 3 to 4 weeks to be delivered." Do'h!

Howardcomputers.com, an online retailer we're not nearly as familiar with, also has the 1090T listed, though the asking price is about $354. There's no mention of whether this is an in-stock item or not, but we'd guess it isn't. Howard also lists the 1055T for $243, which comes clocked at 2.8GHz and contains 6MB of L3 cache.

No matter whether these parts are in stock yet or will be soon, the price points are very promising for AMD fans, or anyone looking to jump on the six-core bandwagon without breaking the bank.
Via:  Provantage
Comments
AKwyn 4 years ago

This is going to be an interesting battle nonetheless. Intel has the best processors in the game and the best performance for the buck but AMD also have the best price/performance ratio, even though their processors are slightly less powerful then Intel's

Still, I can't wait till we see some benchmarks for this processor.

barmmer 4 years ago

AMD will always be the budget CPU with the occasional anomaly outperforming Intel once in a blue moon. But none of these CPU's will perform up to their fullest potential for as long as the software doesn't take advantage of the hardware and especially if there's malicious coding preventing it from doing so be it BIOS altering to fry your motherboard, unnecessary programs running in the background, and whatever else. But hey, we need to sell more computers, right?

infinityzen 4 years ago

I wonder how much jumping up to 9MB of L3 will help out the 1090T out in performance. This extra cache will be combined with a pretty high clock at 3.2Ghz (unlocked for easier over clocking) and Dynamic Performance Boost (+400Mhz in low power draw or low thread apps).

I'm expecting good things from this chip and those to follow, hopefully giving AMD something that can equal or beat Intel up towards $400.

RyuGTX 4 years ago

Can't wait to see an official HH review of these processors and high they can overclock. Now if this becomes a big hit, I wonder what will be a good motherboard to pair up with these 6-cores.

Maybe the Asus Crosshair III Formula if they can update the BIOS to support these new chips.

sp12 4 years ago

Extra cache is actually very important when it comes to performance, especially among products of the same product line like this.

 

I think AMD has the entire sub-400$ segment hands down. Unfortunately, Bulldozer is still quite a bit off and is the only real hope of beating Intel per clock.

la_guy_10 4 years ago

This is a welcome sign indeed, as AMD has been the undisputed leader in the value segment. I wonder if these processors will require a new socket? As AMD has been letting customers enjoy the AM3 set up for a long time. This is a good thing IMO, hopefully these will be compatible as well.

Super Dave 4 years ago

[quote user="la_guy_10"] I wonder if these processors will require a new socket?[/quote]

Good 'ol Socket AM3!

Marius Malek 4 years ago

I'm excited for AMD, and I'm sure that many customers are as well. But I will wait to formulate my whole opinion when I see some real rugged tests. Still, you really can't beat that price. 

Der Meister 4 years ago

Man I want to build an AMD based server/media PC... 

la_guy_10 4 years ago

@ Super Dave that is wonderful, good to hear from you as well bro. First person to help me out in the forum, I will never forget. Cool

Super Dave 4 years ago

[quote user="la_guy_10"] First person to help me out in the forum, I will never forget. Cool[/quote]

LOL - I love you, man!Big Smile

la_guy_10 4 years ago

@ Super Dave LOL Nice 1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!

animatortom 4 years ago

"Just because you can order these parts doesn't mean you'll receive them right away"

Now ain't that just about right! This has faint reminders of what happened last week when I was trying to find the ATI8800!

For some odd reason AMD has a real issue with the release of their products. I don't know if someone is trying to block them or they have really bad distribution. When they release something it becomes really hard to find, from all the normal trusted outlets.

They only seem like they are available from vendors that no one has heard about. Even though AMD says it has released and they give you the lists of vendors. Then those vendors have no idea what you are talking about and refer you to AMD? Who knows maybe it is their overseas productions that are taking a toll on distribution.

I was beginning to wonder if they are just building hype around their products like Apple does. Saying things are released when it is going to be another two or three weeks for it to actually be available. It would be one thing to build up the hype and then release a limited quantity. Where the demand would overwhelm the suppliers. But when the suppliers never even know something is coming out, it doesn't really build up hype. Just frustration.

That said I am very excited about the new X6's. Even though this is 3.2GHz and Intel's I7 is 3.3GHz. Comparing the price tag of $1,089.99 towards AMD's tag of $318.50, is one really major issue. I mean, that is one major price difference! That is your processor and two high end video cards just right there!

Although unlike the WS card, I really don't have to worry about this one. Since when I am ready for upgrading my processor which wont be at least until later this year. It will already be out and hopefully price dropped:)

"Hi, Im Charlie Brown :)"

Nethersprite 4 years ago

"I wonder if these processors will require a new socket? As AMD has been letting customers enjoy the AM3 set up for a long time. This is a good thing IMO, hopefully these will be compatible as well."

Super Dave is right, it is indeed AM3. HOWEVER, you need an 8xx-series chipset to use it anyway. So that's great for people who want to buy an AM3 board with an 8xx chipset, but buy an older AM3 processor while waiting for the X6 prices to go down in a year or so (which I would do). Not quite sure about the 7xx chipsets, which most of you AM3 users probably have.

moethelawn 4 years ago

I, for one, welcome our 6-core overlords

Hey $318.50 AMD 6-core versus $1000 Intel 6-core.... you can't be that.    This makes it very tempting for me to go with AMD when I try to build my gaming rig over the summer.

Super Dave 4 years ago

[quote user="moethelawn"]Hey $318.50 AMD 6-core versus $1000 Intel 6-core.... you can't be that. [/quote]

No, it's $1089.99 for the Intel, and don't forget the sales tax!

RyuGTX 4 years ago

[quote user="Super Dave"]

[quote user="moethelawn"]Hey $318.50 AMD 6-core versus $1000 Intel 6-core.... you can't be that. [/quote]

No, it's $1089.99 for the Intel, and don't forget the sales tax!

[/quote]

 

Find a friend who works at Intel. They get 50% off processors. Or wait til a place gets them in stock that don't charge tax (Amazon and TigerDirect for CA residents; not sure about your state). Wink

 

animatortom 4 years ago
Lets see 50% of 1089.99 is.....545.00?
 
I believe $318.50 < $545.00!Geeked
Inspector 4 years ago

HAHA lol, but i don't want to sound like a fanboy but i do like Intel chips better for some reason... I do still support bought and which ever i can actually afford. If they were both the same price and specs i would buy a Intel as my first choice :)

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