For those who want serious performance without spending hundreds of dollars on Intel's Core i7 processors, AMD offers the Phenom II X6 CPU series -- six cores for under $300. Intel's rival has just delivered a new version, the 1100T Black Edition, that benchmarking sites have found to be the fastest desktop processor AMD has released to date.
The 1100T is a few tweaks ahead of its predecessor, the 1090T Black Edition, and based on the same Thuban 45nm core. For the uninitiated, Black Edition means that the processor has an unlocked multiplier, which aids in overclocking. While the 1090T has a 3.2GHz core clock speed and a Turbo Core frequency of 3.6GHz, the 1100T bumps these up to 3.3GHz and 3.7GHz, respectively.
The 1100T continues the Phenom II X6's assault on Intel Core i5 CPUs, with Hot Hardware finding that it could surpass the Core i5-750 quad-core on a number of benchmarks and Anandtech concluding that it could even hang close to the Core i7-860. Just don't expect it to get anywhere near the performance of Intel's six-core Core i7s.
The good news is you won't have to pay anywhere near $1,000 for AMD's top six-core CPU. The 1100T is listed at just $265, which means that the 1090T is now priced even less at $235. You might not get the ultimate processor bragging rights, but you'll get a better price-for-performance deal.