Maingear, CyberPower, iBuyPower release first gaming PCs with AMD Phenom II X6 six-core CPUs

Maingear, CyberPower, iBuyPower release first gaming PCs with AMD Phenom II X6 six-core CPUs

Summary: You knew it was only a matter of hours after the official release of AMD's first six-core Phenom II X6 CPUs that the first desktops packing the processors would start being announced. And like clockwork, here they are from boutique builders Maingear, CyberPower and iBuyPower.

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You knew it was only a matter of hours after the official release of AMD's first six-core Phenom II X6 CPUs that the first desktops packing the processors would start being announced. And like clockwork, here they are from boutique builders Maingear, CyberPower and iBuyPower.

What's nice about systems running the Phenom II X6 1055T and 1090T chips is they're substantially more affordable than the desktops built around Intel's Core i7 980X "Gulftown" six-core processor. (Of course, their performance isn't in the same league as Intel's.) For instance, Maingear's VYBE Limited Edition (pictured above) starts at just $999. For that price, you get the 1055T, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 640GB hard drive, and an ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics card. If you upgrade to the $1,299 configuration, you'll swap in the 1090T processor, an additional 2GB of RAM, and Radeon HD 5830 graphics.

You can also get the cheapest of iBuyPower's three new configs for $999—the Gamer Fire 600 comes with the 1055T, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, only a 500GB hard drive, but also a Radeon HD 5830 card. For $80 more, you can go in a slightly different direction—the same CPU and RAM, but a 640GB hard drive and Radeon HD 5770 graphics. Finally, the $1,639 Killer Chimera 2-Q sports the 1090T, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, 750GB of hard drive space, and a pair of Radeon HD 5670 cards in CrossFire configuration.

Playing how low can you go, CyberPower's cheapest Phenom II X6 system starts at just $699; for that price you get the familiar 1055T/4GB of RAM/500GB hard drive config, but only an Nvidia GeForce GT 220 graphics card. You can double down on graphics with the $1,045 Gamer Ultra CrossFireX Pro, which features the 1055T and 4GB of RAM along with a 1TB hard drive and a pair of Radeon HD 5750 cards. If you want to go all out, the $2,555 Dragon CrossFireX Ultimate includes the 1090T, 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, Blu-ray drive, and twin Radeon HD 5870 cards.

With the six-core buzz and mainstream prices, AMD's new processors will find homes in many new systems, though we'll have to see when and if large desktop manufacturers like Dell and HP embrace the new Phenoms.

Topics: Processors, Hardware

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  • Performance IS close to Intel.

    Sans a few applications that are written specifically for the Intel 6 core chip, the AMD 6 core chip is very much in the same league as the Intel chips. The AMD chip actually beats Intel in some test too.

    Brush up on your "leagues" before you post stupid statements like that again.
    Narg
  • RE : Laptops.....Toshiba..........Contract fulfillments

    Just a Cautionary note re TOSHIBA and laptops. The Toshiba company marketed many of their laptops, specifically the Satellite line, in the summer and fall of 2009, as having a free Windows 7 upgrade when the upgrade made its debut late in the year. However, there have numerous instances of failure to fulfill that compact by Toshiba and they have "farmed out" the responsibility and response to complaints to a third party that reroutes all complaints to unsuspecting phone numbers unrelated to Toshiba or the third party outsource company. This suggests consumers should think twice before buying Toshiba products at all in my opinion as the company cannot be trusted to fulfill its obligations regarding any contract by this measure.
    tfobiq@...
  • 6 cores

    . . . 6 cores . . .
    Let me know when it get to 666 cores.
    That might be in, ummm, couple months?
    ISN'T THIS IS GETTING RATHER RIDICULOUS?!
    fm-usa