With all the focus on mobile chips and as-yet-unreleased Ivy Bridge and Trinity processors, sometimes it's easy to lose sight of the fact that, you know, there are already a ton of processors out there for you to choose from. That number recently increased by two, as AMD quietly rolled out a pair of new Athlon II X4 CPUs, otherwise known as "Llano chips without integrated graphics."
The two new chips on AMD's pricelist sport an identical $81 official price tag, along with 4 cores and 4MB L2 cache. Both should fit quite nicely in an FM1 socket. What's different between the new chips? TDP and clock speed. The 2.8 GHz AMD Athlon II X4 641 is rated for 100W, while the 2.7GHz AMD Athlon II X4 638 has a 65W TDP.
These low-end CPUs won't break the bank, but remember that they don't include a GPU, so you'll need to tag-team it with a discrete graphics card. CPU-World (
which broke the story
) reports that the 641 is already available online, but the 638 has yet to hit the streets.