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Thursday, 23 September 2010 12:04

AMD intros four low-power Athlons

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25W to 45W
In addition to several high-end Phenoms introduce a couple of days back, AMD has also refreshed its low-power lineup with four new Athlon II parts.

The dual-core Athlon II X2 270u is the most impressive of the lot, as it has a 25W TDP, which is less than many mobile CPUs. Of course, AMD had to cut some corners to achieve such a low TDP, so the 270u is clocked at just 2GHz, but it’s still a very interesting processor.

AMD has also refreshed its “e” series lineup. At 45W, these parts are somewhat hotter than the  “u” series, but they are also quite a bit cheaper. The Athlon II X2 250e is a 3GHz part with 2MB of L2 cache and it should sell around the €75 mark. The triple-core Athlon II X3 420e runs at 2.6GHz and it is listed at around €100, depending on the market. The 2.5GHz X4 615e has been listed for a while and it should sell for €130, give or take a few euro.
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+7 #1 BernardP 2010-09-23 12:14
I wonder why they chose the misleading "Athlon II X2 270u" name for a 2.0 GHZ part. According to their own usage, the "270" should be clocked at 3.4 GHz.

The 3.0 GHz 250e is correctly named.

A 2.0 GHZ Athlon II X2 should wear the "200" suffix: Athlon II X2 200u
 
 
-2 #2 bbo320 2010-09-23 13:07
Quoting BernardP:
I wonder why they chose the misleading "Athlon II X2 270u" name for a 2.0 GHZ part. According to their own usage, the "270" should be clocked at 3.4 GHz.

The 3.0 GHz 250e is correctly named.

A 2.0 GHZ Athlon II X2 should wear the "200" suffix: Athlon II X2 200u


I agree Bernard. Unfortunately, I know of no rhyme or reason for the naming scheme of these processors.
 
 
-49 #3 dtzy 2010-09-23 13:18
AMD should just turn all their existing products to low tdp variants.. They can't compete performance wise with Intel at the moment anyway.

But I guess that's impossible.
 
 
-56 #4 canerpense 2010-09-23 13:33
-3

AMD fanboys at work.

Banhammer needs to be polished.

Update:

-13

See what i mean now?
 
 
+31 #5 AndreiD 2010-09-23 14:27
Or you people could stop saying stupid stuff like "AMD should turn all of their products to low TDP variants" when they're doing fine price/performance wise.

And how is the 270U name misleading? Notice that there is an U there to inform you that the offering is a very low power variant.
 
 
+19 #6 Bl0bb3r 2010-09-23 14:33
Quoting BernardP:
why they chose the misleading "Athlon II X2 270u" name for a 2.0 GHZ part. According to their own usage, the "270" should be clocked at 3.4 GHz.

The 3.0 GHz 250e is correctly named.


Bern, is there any difference for you between the letters E and U?

They are named right:

250u @ 1.6 GHz 25W
260u @ 1.8 GHz 25W
270u @ 2.0 GHz 25W

240e @ 2.8 GHz 45W
250e @ 3.0 GHz 45W
 
 
+2 #7 jeffkro 2010-09-23 15:05
Anyone have a chart comparing the idle power consumption 25W TDP athlon II's to the older 65W athlon II's? I have a plane jane athlon II 250.
 
 
0 #8 Nubstick 2010-09-23 16:24
Where can one buy these athlon II U series processors?
 
 
+7 #9 mrgerbik 2010-09-23 19:18
If anyone knows anything about Regor lineup, you'll know that almost all (if not all) of these chips can be undervolted to 1.0v-1.2v and still function at stock speeds. This means you can have your low power cpu while paying alot less. You can underclock it as well and get in the 20-30W range if you so desire...
 
 
+1 #10 nele 2010-09-23 23:53
Quoting mrgerbik:
If anyone knows anything about Regor lineup, you'll know that almost all (if not all) of these chips can be undervolted to 1.0v-1.2v and still function at stock speeds. This means you can have your low power cpu while paying alot less. You can underclock it as well and get in the 20-30W range if you so desire...



Yes, provided you have a board that can undervolt well.

Eliot made the same conclusion in several reviews, so it's definitely a better option for tech savvy users.

Also, "u" series Athlons are way too expensive compared to "e" series parts and it's not easy to recommend them for regular users...
 

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