AMD to Release Budget Tri-Core Chip in Third Quarter

Paul Lilly

Word on the Web is that AMD plans to flesh out its triple-core lineup with a new chip -- Athlon II X3 450 -- sometime in the third quarter of 2010.

The 450 will supplant the 445 as AMD's flagship tri-core part, bumping up the clockspeed from 3.1GHz to 3.2GHz. It will come with 1.5MB cache (512KB per core), and is really just a faster clocked version of the 445.

No word on how much the new part will cost, but reports suggest it will slide into the 445's $85 price point, while bumping down the slower clocked part to $77.

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