While rumors float that AMD could be purchased by its chief rival Intel, AMD is trying to go about its daily business of selling computer chips. To that end, the company has introduced two new processors, while dropping the price on a number of others.
The new CPUs are part of the FX family of performance chips. The FX-4350 consists of four "Vishera" cores each clocked at 4.2GHZ, with a turbo frequency of 4.3GHz, while the FX-6350 has six cores running at 3.9GHz and 4.2GHz in turbo mode. Each new processor has a TDP of 125 watts — far higher than the 95 watts of the FX-4300 and FX-6300 — and features 8MB of L3 cache. The FX-4350 is priced at $122, and the FX-6350 would set you back $10 more.
The day after AMD announced these new processors, it disclosed that it was reducing the price on 10 older chips, including the ones that the new CPUs are replacing. The FX-4300 is now $14 cheaper, at $108, while the FX-6300 is $20 less, at $112. A third FX processor, the eight-core FX-8320, is now $153, down $16 from its original price.
A half-dozen A series processors have also seen their prices trimmed — $10 off in the case of the A6-5400K, A8-5500, and A8-5600K. The biggest reduction comes to the A6-3600, which gets an 18.9 percent reduction to $77. The ancient (in processor terms) Phenom II X4 965 BE also gets a cut, from $91 to $81.