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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.

The new line-up of processors AMD is introducing today consists of the following products...

  • Phenom II X2 555 - $99
  • Athlon II X4 635 - $119
  • Athlon II X3 440 - $84
  • Athlon II X2 255 - $74
  • Phenom II X4 910e - $169

We decided to take the 3.2GHz Phenom II X2 555 and 2.9GHz Athlon II X4 635 for a spin and have their performance results posted on the pages ahead...

AMD Phenom II X2 555 and Athlon II X4 635 Performance


The AMD Phenom II X2 555 and Athlon II X4 635, Side By Side

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gibbersome replied on Mon, Jan 25 2010 12:13 AM

The Core i5-750 still holds to be the best value as you get closer to the $200 mark, but for closer to $100, these two processors are great. AMD continues to give more value to budget minded consumers.

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Jan 25 2010 1:52 AM

I agree AMD is doing great in this area as well as in graphics. However I really think they need to speed up there top end R&D more as well.

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Bighorse replied on Mon, Jan 25 2010 9:44 AM

If AMD can't come up with a solution to take on Intel's i-series chips, AMD is gonna continue to have a rough time. Their chips run great for the budget builds but they need to turn out some powerhouse chips like they have done with their graphics line. They need to pour that Intel cash into some R&D so  that will spank some Intel chips butt.

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realneil replied on Mon, Jan 25 2010 12:02 PM

AMD costs less to build. You do not get the power of the INTEL chips, but the pocketbook bleeds far less once you're sitting there looking at your computer boot. There is nothing wrong with the performance I get from my AMD box. It's smooth as can be and is not processor limited at all. I could use a faster GPU in it though.

AMD is a viable solution in today's nasty economy and shrinking PC budgets. I shudder to think what PC prices would be like if they weren't here to tone down big INTEL a little.

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Jan 26 2010 2:17 AM

Yeah Realneil I agree, to many levels we are kind of on a hold it seems to me. On some cases (When Crysis came out) we see limitations to differing degrees. However; in all reality if the only thing having any major issues is 1 game. I know there are others, but the software with issues due to the available technology is really low. So even though Intel may be reviewed and stated as the performance king, what do you really gain from it 2 ms. I don't like loosing time but 2ms is that time even 30ms is nothing in all reality.

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caos420 replied on Tue, Jan 26 2010 8:22 PM

My phenomII x2 550 is a power house and i primarily use it for gaming and i have zero lag this chip is a great performer oc'd to 3.8ghz and she screams and for the price i could'nt be happier and i find no real advantage in the new 555 there still basicaly the same chip so i will keep gaming til she dont let me no more.

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rapid1 replied on Thu, Jan 28 2010 2:08 AM

Hey caos what is your normal operating temperature clocked at 3.8 ? I hear these 4.0 and almost 4 settings people run the AMD chips at and the Intel I7 920's and wonder what they normally operate at temperature wise. I also wonder what safe sustained temperatures for them would be and what kind of life line your looking at with them.

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caos420 replied on Thu, Jan 28 2010 6:52 AM

30c' at idle and 50c' at full load with thermaltake air cooler.safe sustained temp would be somewhere in the 50's max safe temp is 65c' and ive had my chip since the very first day it came out and it has run perfect i expect another 3to4 years out of it at these clock settings but of course i will upgrade much before that.

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detnight replied on Tue, Mar 23 2010 5:51 AM

My Athlon II X4 620 was fine until I got the battle Field 2 Bad company game .........It will max out 1of the cores and run another at 75%. Call of Duty World At War 2 will not go over 50% on most of the cores......................Time for a 965BE and another GTX285

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I'd like to point out that AMD generally cost a lot less as a platform. The motherboards are a lot cheaper than on the Intel side.

 

One question Marco. Why are all the intel chips using a 280 and the AMD chips just using IGP? Kinda throws off power consumption numbers and makes it hard to compare gaming numbers. I'm guessing you did not have access to the 280 for this round of testing.

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