AMD has taken an axe to its budget processor price tags, slashing them ahead of the holiday season.
First to get a trim are the A-series APUs for FM1 sockets, which have seen their prices slashed by between four percent for the 3.0GHz quad-core A8-3870K, which is now down to $91, and over 20 percent for the 2.5GHz dual-core A4-3300, now a steal at $36.
The new Socket FM2 A4-5300 'Piledriver' architecture APU has been cut from $60 to a much more reasonable $47.
Prices for AMD's Athlon II processors have also been cut, ranging from 15 percent for the 3.3GHz triple-core Athlon II X3 455 which is now $67, to over 30 percent for the 3.0GHz quad-core Athlon II X4 640, now a total bargain at only $67.
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Athlon II parts now range from $47 to $87, making them ideally suited to those looking for multiple core processors at a price that won't break the bank.
All prices are for 1,000-unit tray quantities, and prices for individual processors will be a little higher.
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