Quad-core CPUs dip under 100EUR

Posted on Tuesday, Aug 05 2008 @ 01:10 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
While searching price comparison sites FUD Zilla spotted you can now get a quad-core processor from AMD for a mere 99EUR. Unfortunately it's a Phenom X4 9600 2.3GHz with B2 stepping, you need to have a chip with B3 stepping to be free of the TLB bug.

If you want a quad-core from Intel you'll have to spend a bit more, the Q6600 costs 128EUR but that's not too bad considering you will need to get AMD's most expensive quad-core to match the performance of this chip.
AMD is the first to drop under the magic €100 mark, selling its Phenom X4 9600 for a mere €99. This is a B2 stepping 2.3GHz part, but nonetheless the price is impressive. For €25 less, you'll get one core less, as the X3 8450 clocked at 2.1GHz now costs just €73.90.

Intel is offering its legendary Q6600 for as little as €128 these days and the Q6700 for €158. If you're after new 45nm parts, you won't spend a fortune, either. The 2.5GHz Q9300 costs €185, while Intel's latest addition to its quad-core family, the Q8200, is listed at €177; but it will probably end up even cheaper once it becomes available.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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