In addition to its new Opteron chips, AMD yesterday announced a few small changes to its processor line-up, including adjusted prices for several of its Llano-based APUs (and one of its FX-series socket AM3+ processors) and a new, faster GPU-less Athlon II for Socket FM1 boards.

The Athlon II X4 651 is a 3 GHz quad-core chip with a 100 watt TDP and 4 MB of L2 cache, and a suggested retail price of $92. For people building an FM1-based system with no need for an integrated GPU, it will deliver slighly faster performance than the 2.9 GHz, ~$140 A8-3850 at a lower cost. It differs from the already available Athlon II X4 631 only in cost and clock speed.

As for the price changes, they are as follows: the AMD A6-3500 has dropped to $85 from $89, while the A4-3300 and A4-3400 have both received price increases of $2 (to $66 and $71, respectively). The Bulldozer-based FX-6100 sees the biggest price change, with a drop from $165 to $155.

Source: CPU World

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  • Shadowmaster625 - Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - link

    There are some reports of very impressive overclocks, but there just does not seem to be as much interest as there should be given the performance we're seeing. I am building an A4 system and will post my overclocking results on the forums.
  • craigthinks - Saturday, November 19, 2011 - link

    It is nice to see more proccessors for the FM1 socket. There is a rumer that they would stop supporting the FM1 for future designs.

    The Athlon is a slower CPU. The A8- benchmarks at 5,590 and Athlon x4 631 at 2800. Half the processing power. The A6-3650 at $110. is much better deal bench marks at 5100 on the passmark tests. The writer is mixing up the cpu clock with processing power or speed.
    The AMD A8 is top of the CPU power per cost rating. ie: A great deal. Mostly all are AMD's are top in that category. Man, the prices would go way up if AMD was not around. Remember when Intel said we needed slot 1, as CPU could not be put on the mother board. What a joke. Although, Intel is a good place to work, when they are not laying-off.

    much slower processor to the A8, not faster like article says
    "it will deliver slighly faster performance than the 2.9 GHz, ~$140 A8-3850 at a lower cost."
  • craigthinks - Saturday, November 19, 2011 - link

    Opps, the new CPU is 400 Hz faster than the older Athlon x4 631 so should benchmark much faster. Guessing in the upper 3000 to lower to 4000 on passmark. Sill slower than the A8 and A6.

    I am buying 2 computers with the A8 moble and extra graphic card for a laptop and upgrading my 1989 project computer with the A8-3850.

    So Please AMD, don't outdate the FM1 socket next year.

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