Looks like AMD is on a roll here, after yesterday’s announcement of the IstanbulOpteron Processor’s and ATI Radeon E4690, AMD today launched 2 new Dual Core CPU’s to take on Intel the Athlon II X2 250 and the Phenom II X2 550. The Athlon II X2 Processor is based on 45nm fabrication and has a TDP of 65W, down 30W from its predecessor 65nm Athlon family of CPU’s. The CPU features 2 cores running at 3GHz each and will feature 2MB of L2 cache, but there will be no L3 cache so as to differentiate the Athlon series of Processor from the Phenom branded Processor’s.
The Phenom II X2 550 Dual Core Processor has 2 Cores running at 3.1GHz each and it features an unlocked multiplier so as to facilitate overclocking and has an 80W TDP. The Phenom II X2 550 Processor features 512KB of L2 cache for each core and a 6Mb L3 cache. Both the processor’s support both DDR2 RAM’s when coupled with an AM2+ Motherboard and DDR3 RAM’s when used with an AM3 compatible Motherboard. AMD enabled the backward compatibility between AM2, AM2+ and AM3 sockets so as to keep the cost of upgrading down for its users. People who already own AM2+ Motherboards just need to update their BIOS before they can start using these processors. AMD has priced these processors to fight against Intel E4500 and E7400 respectively. The AMD Athlon II X2 250 processor’s OEM price is 87$ while the Phenom II X2 550 OEM price is 102$.
AMD is also slated to launch the Phenom II X2 545 later this month which will have a TDP of 70W.