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Remember when a quad-core PC processor seemed exotic, if not downright decadent? We can. It was only a couple of years ago. Today, the AMD Athlon II X4 620 is yours for under £70. By Grapthar's Hammer, what a savings.The startlingly low price is possible because AMD has cooked up a special new quad-core die for all Athlon II X4s. Instead of taking the existing Deneb die from its Phenom II X4 chips, such as the 965 Black Edition, and disabling a few features, the new Propus die is purpose built to deliver four cores for less cash.The good news is that the only significant change has been the loss of Deneb's 6MB L3 shared cache memory pool. Instead, Propus-based chips like the Athlon II X4 620 must make do with just 512k of L2 cache per core.The 620's super-low price also reflects its modest 2.6GHz clockspeed. Put it all together and you have an intriguing quad-core chip that's actually cheaper than the triple-core AMD Athlon II X3 435. As for Intel's processors, the dual-core Core i5 661is over twice as expensive. If it's maximum multi-threaded throughput for minimum cash, take it from us, the Athlon II X4 620 is definitely your bag.
AMD has recently expanded the Athlon II product line to include quad core processors, under the codename Propus. We are going to be taking a look at the two new Quad-Core processors, the Athlon II X4 620 and Athlon II X4 630 which operate at 2.6GHz and 2.8GHz respectively. Both processors have 2 MBs of L2 Cache per core and are both 95W (45nm) processors. They support the same features found in the other Athlon II models. These include features like NX bit, AMD64, Cool’n’Quiet, and AMD Virtualization. The price point set for these processors are quite shocking, the AMD Athlon II X4 620 and 630 are priced at $99 and $122 respectively. Which puts it into the price range of a budget processor, but are these really budget processors or fully fledged gaming processors? Originally, “Propus” was planned to be released in the first quarter of 2009, but has been pushed back more than 6 months past their original release date to today September 16th. Let’s see if the wait was really worth it.
AMD has been attacking the mainstream PC segment lately with a slew of modestly priced processors and chipsets. The attack started with the new Athlon II X2 value processors back in June, which were a much needed replacement for the out-dated Athlon X2 series. Then a few weeks later, AMD released their new mainstream chipset, the 785G, which we found to be an excellent complement to the new Athlon II's. Today AMD is adding the final piece to their new mainstream desktop platform with the release of a line-up of value-priced quad-cores; the Athlon II X4 series. At first the announcement of Athlon II X4s doesn't seem too interesting. Especially since they have been rumored for some time and it wasn't much of a stretch to imagine that AMD would get around to releasing quad-core Athlon II processors eventually. Not to mention the Athlon IIs are in many ways just Phenom IIs with the L3 cache removed, so there isn't a ton of brand new tech under the hood to ogle at. However, things get a lot more interesting when you hear the list price.