A New Quad Core Complete Desktop System For $241!
How To Get A New Quad Core System For The Price Of A Video Card!
Absolutely every CPU introduction that AMD has undergone in the last few years has met with my complete and utter ridicule. From the mildly uninteresting ones like the Phenom II to the outrageously SNAFU'd (Situation Normal All F****d Up) ones like Barcelona, the Green Team has been wandering around like chickens with their heads cut off, while having their "other ends" handed to them by longtime Blue Team nemesis Intel.
Just to prove that I am not some rabid, blind, Intel fanboi, or on Paul O's payroll (I wish, I wish, I wish...) I have to bite my lip and actually praise a new AMD CPU. I'm just hoping that when I do so the heavens don't open and the world come to an end.
Yes, the just announced AMD Athlon II X4 620 at 2.6GHz with 2MB L2 Cache and a TDP of 95W might seem like just another low end CPU that AMD has been flooding the retail shelves with, but it does have on absolutely astounding feature: It is by far the least expensive quad core processor in the known universe at $99!
A quad core at under the C note mark. Now that is definitely impressive!
If you're looking for an Intel Core i7 965 beater that will overclock to the high side of 5 GHz on air, you're really looking in the wrong place. The AMD Athlon II X4 620 is a perfectly competent quad core CPU which will be more than adequate for any everyday computer usage, such as standard office applications, web surfing, media file playing and even very mild gaming.
Let's face it, although they may be an outrageously vocal minority, prosumer / enthusiast / encoder / gamer / overclockers form an incredibly tiny minority of the overall installed computer base. Most people use some form of Office Suite to write letters and reports, do some short spreadsheets, send and receive email, navigate on their web browsers, listen to music and watch some videos. That's it. I definitely include myself in the prosumer / enthusiast grouping and if it were not that I use Adobe Photoshop CS4 each and every day, often to manipulate files the size of Kansas, I would hardly need my beloved Core i7 920 and its prodigious 12 GB of DDR-3 RAM.
Take the Adobe software off my hard drive, and the AMD Athlon II X4 620 would be an absolutely perfect CPU for me! And just try to beat that price right now! It is so ridiculously low that it blows the vast majority of dual core CPUs right out of the water, whether from the Green or Blue teams! Wow!
A statement I would never have thought I would make, at least in the year 2010: There is now officially absolutely and totally no reason to buy a dual core CPU unless you have some very specific single threaded game or other app that you are feverishly committed to running at the absolute maximum GHz in one specific core.