Early this morning AMD officially launched its first six-core Thuban processors: the Phenom II X6 1090T and 1055T. The last thing we would dream of doing is complain about pricing on these parts. AMD is selling you almost a billion transistors for $199 or $285 depending on what clock speed you want.

AMD just sent us word that the pricing story gets even better. TigerDirect is running a $50 mail in rebate on the new X6 processors dropping the price down to $149.99 and $249.99 for the 1055T and 1090T, respectively. While we're not huge fans of mail in rebates, if you're fine with getting a check in the mail sometime later then you honestly can't beat these deals. At $149.99 there simply is no answer to AMD's Phenom II X6 1055T.

Update: The deal is dead, congrats to those who got in.

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  • sciwizam - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - link

    Don't forget the 12.3% Bing Cashback! Reply
  • vol7ron - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - link

    ? Reply
  • archcommus - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - link

    6 cores for $150 wow... Go AMD. Reply
  • vision33r - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - link

    These new CPUs are automatically $150 after a few weeks or else nobody would buy them when Core i7 can be bought for $250 and beats it by 30% overall. Reply
  • TheHolyLancer - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - link

    you know, 100 dollars can be put towards a discreet card, a rather important deal for these less pricy builds right?

    personally 300 dollars CPU is fine and 400 dollar GPU is fine, but to many that number combined is the total cost of a computer, incl LCD screen so if it means that they can game with a discreet card or cant game with a 30%* faster (you are talking about the 920 after sale i persume) i7 and igp.
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  • mbevolution - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - link

    30%? proof?

    based on most of the review, it seems that core i7 930 is only slightly better than AMD on most applications. of course overclocking wise there is a slight benefit but that will not justify the >$100 gap between the two.

    also, with cs5 and more applications coming out that will be supporting more than 4 cores, i believe 1055t will have an advantage over i7 4 cores.
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  • jleach1 - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - link

    On almost every core-computing task....the I7 still fairs a substansial lead. We hear the magic "15% and we can tell" number thrown around all the time.

    Looking at the bench scores, the I7 beats the x6 in almost every single core-computing task.

    The only people that would benefit from this cache-lacking chip would be professional artists...and even then, the performance increase would be negligible. I used to work at a graphics design company-- we did some small time 3d rendering, and the professionals there agreed that 99% of their time on a computer is spent in real-time vs rendering.

    In almost every place except encoding, intel has the advantage.

    Don't buy chips that are put out ONLY TO COMPETE.
    This is an obvious rule that even most newbies know about.

    I used to respect AMD...and their respective Nvidia wing.
    But they've let themselves fall way too far behind.

    It's Intel and ATI from here on out.

    AMD can stay in the game with ATI.
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  • HangFire - Thursday, April 29, 2010 - link

    "Don't buy chips that are put out ONLY TO COMPETE.
    This is an obvious rule that even most newbies know about."

    I have no such rule. I'll buy chips put out there to compete IF THEY MAKE SENSE FOR ME. That's my rule.
    The X6 doesn't make sense for me right now, because I'm not building a cheap render farm or a cheap all-in-one file/network/Myth/Music multipurpose home server.

    My MicroCenter bought $87 550BE Phenom II with all cores unlocked and overclocked beyond stock 965BE specs does make sense for me. It is way faster than anything I need it for (web, email, photo edit and light software development) but I can live with the brutal speed and shockingly fast response time that costs peanuts.

    I also love my Intel quad core, but it cost way more peanuts.
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  • Samus - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - link

    tiger direct rebate? hmmmmm. Reply
  • vol7ron - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - link

    Mail-in Rebates are just a way to maximize profits. The best part about it is that they often require the original UPC, which may get "lost" in the "mail." Still, the company is counting on those consumers that won't apply for the rebate.

    It would be a much better show of faith to have an instant rebate, which is why I tend to make my purchases from Newegg. Not only does the NE have instant rebates, but I like the fact that I don't have to pay the shipping for returns. TD might have that - I'm not sure as I haven't had to return anything to either in a while - but I like that cushion. Additionally, Newegg's site isn't perfect, but it's much easier to drill down or search for a product.

    Regardless, $150 for this CPU is phenomenal. 07/30/2006 - I paid $360 for the 2.4GHz E6600 C2D to replace my p.o.s. P4 2.8E (hottest CPU). Tiger Direct was the only eTailer to have the C2D in stock at the time and that proc is still going strong on air cooling @ ~3.3GHz. It's amazing to look at the price difference, especially considering the improvement in technology. Now, if only motherboard manufacturers could do the same.
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