AMD introduced two new budget quad-core processors today, lets take a look at some reviews to see if the Athlon II X4 620 and 630 are worth your money. First up is a review from AnandTech, they conclude the Athlon II X4 620 is a very competitive chip:
AMD effectively knocked 40% off the value of Intel's low end quad-core CPUs. The Athlon II X4 620 manages to, at $99, perform close enough to the Core 2 Quad Q8200 that the latter simply doesn't make any sense. Add another hundred dollars and you'll get a Core i5 750 (or less will get you into a Phenom II X4 945/955), but if you're on a strict budget you can't beat the 620.
Another performance review can be found over at Firingsquad, they conclude we're on the verge of entering a new phase in the CPU price war between AMD and Intel. The site says the Athlon II X4 620 has no direct competition with its $99 price tag, but adds that some price cuts from Intel may give AMD a hard time.
If Intel ultimately decides to position the Core 2 Quad Q8200 against AMD’s Athlon II X4 630, then by all means, AMD’s entry-level quad is in great shape to compete against Intel. Priced at $99, the Athlon II X4 620 has no direct competition; OEMs and system vendors will gladly eat up this CPU for budget quad-core rigs. The product managers at Dell, HP, and Gateway are probably dreaming up $500 quad-core rigs now, with marketing campaigns promising quad-core computing on the cheap right behind.
But if Intel decides to position the Core 2 Quad Q8200 against the $99 Athlon II X4 620, and the Q8400 against the X4 630, life gets tougher for Propus.
If you want to read even more you can find another review over at Legit Reviews, they write the new Athlon II X4 CPUs offer great value for consumers that are looking to built entry-level and mainstream systems.
The AMD Athlon II X4 620 and Athlon II X4 630 processors offer nothing new or inspiring on the performance front, but they have a price point that will make you smile. For just $99 the AMD Athlon II X4 620 packs a mean punch and is the ideal processor to pair with an AMD 785G based motherboard. The AMD Athlon II X4 630 is a more interesting part to us as it has a higher multiplier and costs just $122. It was also able to reach over 3.8GHz, which is a fairly massive overclock for just air cooling.