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AMD Introduces Next Generation AMD Athlon™ II Processor, Adds Dual Core to Record-Setting AMD Phenom™ II Processor Lineup

  • 09 June, 2009 13:40

<p><em>- AMD Athlon™ II processor delivers new native dual-core architecture,
efficient 45nm technology and 3 GHz performance at an affordable price -<br/>
- AMD Phenom™ II X2 Black Edition processor combines value and unlocked
potential for gamers and tuners on a budget -</em><br/>
<strong>Sydney, Australia</strong>— <strong>June 3, 2009</strong> —
Bringing its acclaimed 45nm technology to new high-volume processor designs,
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced two new dual-core desktop processors. Building
on 10 years of AMD Athlon™ processor innovation, the new 45nm AMD Athlon™
II X2 250 processor gives mainstream consumers exceptional performance, efficiency
and value. For enthusiasts and overclockers, AMD also announces the AMD Phenom™
II X2 550 Black Edition processor, the first ever dual-core AMD Phenom II CPU.*
With this latest addition to the AMD Phenom II processor family, users can now
experience the power of AMD platform technology, codenamed “Dragon,”
with dual-, triple- and quad-core configurations.<br/>
<strong>AMD Athlon II X2 Processor Details</strong><br/>
•The AMD Athlon II X2 250 performs exceptionally well when combined with
AMD chipsets and integrated graphics solutions to create an all-AMD platform.
Platforms featuring all-AMD technology can deliver up to twice the graphics
performance of those with Intel integrated graphics.¹<br/>
•Windows® 7 is optimized for multi-core processors like AMD Athlon™
II processors to give consumers an amazingly fast, simple and engaging PC experience.**
For example, Windows 7 is tuned to make the most of the these new processors’
power management features, such as AMD PowerNow!™ 3.0 technology. AMD
power management technologies, in combination with Windows 7, can help OEMs
and partners to build exceptionally green, cool and quiet PCs.<br/>
•Based on AMD’s acclaimed 45nm process technology, the AMD Athlon
II dual-core processor has a TDP of 65W and can slash power consumption by up
to 50 percent when doing basic tasks, up to 40 percent when running heavy workloads
and up to 50 percent when at idle.²<br/>
<strong>AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Details</strong><br/>
•AMD Black Edition processors, like the AMD Phenom™ II X2 550, help
users to take control and unleash the maximum potential of Dragon platform technology’s
unprecedented performance tuning capabilities.* The same massive headroom that
set world records in recent months is at users’ finger tips, offering
impressive performance at a price the competition can’t beat.³<br/>
•Users can also maximize their overclocking experience by utilizing the
new features and capabilities of AMD OverDrive™ 3.0, designed to enable
quick and effective tuning of their PC experience for optimal performance.*<br/>
•With dual-, triple- or quad-core processors, AMD provides platform level
solutions at multiple price points, each of which exceeds expectations for virtually
any user</p>
<p><strong>Product and Pricing Summary</strong><br/>
Model:AMD Phenom™ II X2 550 Black Edition <br/>
AMD Athlon™ II X2 250 Processor<br/>
RRP for AMD Phenom™ II X2 550 Black Edition: A$149, NZ$185<br/>
RRP for AMD Athlon™ II X2 250: A$119, NZ$149<br/>
Website: <a href="#"></a><br/>
Australia and New Zealand Distributors: Avnet, Synnex and Ingram<br/>
Availability: Now<br/>
<strong>Other Resources</strong>:<br/>
•Press looking for more information on AMD Athlon II X2 250 and AMD Phenom
II X2 550 Black Edition, click here.<br/>
•Click here for more detail on AMD processor pricing.<br/>
•Compare AMD Phenom II processors.<br/>
•Find out more about Dragon platform technology and see it in action.<br/>
•Check out all of AMD’s processors and get more information here.<br/>
•Follow AMD desktop updates on Twitter: @AMDDesktop.<br/>
•Hear what AMD executives have to say on AMD blogs.<br/>
•In collaboration with Thermaltake and BMW Group DesignworksUSA, comes
an ideal environment for AMD’s high-performance CPU and GPU solutions
- the Level 10 Limited Edition chassis. Check it out!<br/>
<strong>About AMD</strong><br/>
Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is an innovative technology company dedicated
to collaborating with customers and technology partners to ignite the next generation
of computing and graphics solutions at work, home and play. For more information,
visit <a href="#"></a>.</p>
<p><strong>PR CONTACT</strong><br/>
Renato Catalan<br/>
Gap Marketing and Management Pty Ltd<br/>
Website: <a href="#"> </a><br/>
<font size="1">Copyright 2009 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. AMD, the AMD Arrow
logo, ATI, the ATI logo, AMD Athlon, AMD Phenom, Radeon, and combinations thereof
are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other names are for informational
purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.<br/>
¹Results based on testing at AMD performance labs; results are normalized
to the Intel Platform; AMD Platform configuration: Intel configuration: Intel
Core 2 Duo 5400 processor; Motherboard: DG45ID; Graphics: G45 Express; Memory:
4GB Corsair CM2X2048-8500C5D; Operating System: Windows Vista® 64 Ultimate;
AMD configuration: AMD Athlon™ II 250 processor; Motherboard: M4A78T-E;
Graphics: ATI Radeon™ HD 3300 integrated graphics; Memory: 4GB Corsair
TR3XG1600C8D; Operating System: Windows Vista® 64 Ultimate.; Unreal Tournament
3, Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance and Company of Heroes are measured in
Frames Per Second when using built-in demos and levels.; 3DMark Vantage Entry
Score. Results are measured in Marks. ² Results based on testing at AMD
performance labs; results are normalized to the AMD Athlon™ X2 7850; AMD
Athlon™ - configuration: AMD Athlon™ X2 7850 processor; Motherboard:
GA-MA790GP; Graphics: ATI Radeon™ HD 3330 integrated graphics; Memory:
4GB Corsair CM2X2048-8500C5D; Operating System: Windows Vista® 64 Ultimate.
INTEL configuration: Intel processor; Motherboard: DG45ID; Graphics: G45 Express;
Memory: 4GB Corsair CM2X2048-8500C5D; Operating System: Windows Vista® 64
Ultimate; AMD Athlon™™ II configuration: AMD Processor; Motherboard:
M4A78T-E; Graphics: ATI Radeon™ HD 3300 integrated graphics; Memory: 4GB
Corsair TR3XG1600C8D; Operating System: Windows Vista® 64 Ultimate.; SYSMark
O7 Preview Version Patch 4. Results are measured in Marks; MainConcept encoder
converts DoubleDutch.mpeg (114MB) to an H.264 format captured data is elapsed
time in seconds.; Photoshop Elements applies 5 auto-filters on 48 1600x1066
jpg-files and measures elapsed-time-in-seconds; Windows Movie Maker renders
a photo slide show as an AVI from a dataset of 97 1600x1066 JPEG images. Captured
data is elapsed time in seconds.<br/>
?Based on comparison of 65nm AMD Phenom™ X4 9950 125W to 45nm AMD Phenom™
II X4 940 125W. System Configuration: AMD internal reference motherboard (Shiner);
CHIPSET: RS780 / SB700 Chipset; BIOS: MS9A04-<br/>
4; MEMORY: DDR2-800 2X1024MB; O/S: Windows® Vista® SP-1; Other: C1E
enabled, L3PwrSavEn enabled. <br/>
*AMD warranty does not cover damage caused by overclocking, even when enabled
via AMD OverDrive™ software.<br/>
** Requires a Windows 7-capable system.<br/>
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