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Old 02-07-2011, 10:48 AM   #1
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"The new Phenom II X4 840 (3.2 GHz), is a very affordable quad-core CPU. If fact, it is the best CPU on the USD 100 price range. Let's see why.At USD 100, the main competitor to the Phenom II X4 840 (3..."

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Old 02-07-2011, 10:26 PM   #2
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I can't understand how AMD dare sending reviewers this product aimed at OEMs...

The proper designation for this CPU should be Athlon II X4 650, since it's just a 100 MHz speed bump to the 645.
The name switch from Athlon to Phenom is to trick unsuspecting customers of OEM computers that they get a "performance" CPU while they actually get a mainstream product.
Furthermore you can't buy this CPU on its own in retail stores.

It would be very nice to see how well it performs compared to the Phenom II X4 955, which run at the same frequency but has L3 cache and unlocked multiplier.

Bottom line:
- It's the new top-of-the-line Athlon II, and performs as such.
- It's an OEM product, not available in retail stores (yet, although some might become available later on).

Late addition: Given the target group of this CPU I think it deserves at least a Silver Award!
Right now there's no other CPU that provides a high end marketing pitch at such a low cost.

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Old 02-08-2011, 09:31 AM   #3
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I also noticed that it looks like an Athlon II X4, with no L3. Is there some other difference I'm not catching?
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I can't understand how AMD dare sending reviewers this product aimed at OEMs...
I don't see the problem. In fact, I was the one that asked for it.

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The proper designation for this CPU should be Athlon II X4 650, since it's just a 100 MHz speed bump to the 645.
I agree.

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The name switch from Athlon to Phenom is to trick unsuspecting customers of OEM computers that they get a "performance" CPU while they actually get a mainstream product.
Furthermore you can't buy this CPU on its own in retail stores.
Yep.

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It would be very nice to see how well it performs compared to the Phenom II X4 955, which run at the same frequency but has L3 cache and unlocked multiplier.
Your resquest makes sense, however in this particular review we decided to include only CPUs on the same price range.

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Bottom line:
- It's the new top-of-the-line Athlon II, and performs as such.
- It's an OEM product, not available in retail stores (yet, although some might become available later on).

Late addition: Given the target group of this CPU I think it deserves at least a Silver Award!

Right now there's no other CPU that provides a high end marketing pitch at such a low cost.
I think it is a great CPU for the price, however we try no to give awards to CPUs; we tried this in a distant past and users would always complain that we didn't compare to this CPU, to that CPU, etc.

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I also noticed that it looks like an Athlon II X4, with no L3. Is there some other difference I'm not catching?
You are 100% right. This is an Athlon II X4 with a different name. Traditionally Phenom II X4 CPUs have L3 memory cache, and the 840 is the exception.

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Old 02-08-2011, 10:50 PM   #5
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I don't see the problem. In fact, I was the one that asked for it.
The "problem" (for AMD) is that most reviewers, as well as other comments after the press release, strike down on the name switch.
The name (and OEM targeting) is the only new "feature" of this product, since other than that it's just the same 100MHz-speed-bump-at-the-same-price employed repeatedly since the first launch of the Athlon II series.

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Old 02-09-2011, 04:43 AM   #6
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The Athlon II X4 are a good brand, this mix with the "original" Phenom II X4 8** series was totaly nonsense.. but they already did it with the Venice and Brisbane some time ago.

But, as you said, it's a good product with a good price.
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