AMD adds Black Edition to Phenom range
Mysterious, sinister variant in five strong chip update
AMD fleshed out its Phenom II and Athlon II ranges with a quintet of fresh processors today, three of which barely trouble the $100 price barrier.
The AMD Athlon II X2 255 is a 3.1GHz, 65W part which will cost $74 in industrial quantities, while the AMD Athlon II X3 440 is a 3Gz 90W part, setting you back $84. The AMD Athlon II X4 635 hits 2.9GHz and 95W, and will cost $119.
There are two new members in the Phenom family. The 3.2GHz/80W AMD Phenom II X2 555 comes in at $99, while the AMD Phenom II X4 910e clocks in at 2.6GHz, runs at 65W and costs $169.
For some reason, AMD is describing the Phenom II X2 555 as the Black Edition, which presumably is supposed to make it sound mysterious and even slightly threatening. So it's slightly disappointing when you realise AMD is pitching it at the budget-conscious Windows 7 market. ®
As far as i know...
'Black Edition' is NOT 'supposed to make it sound mysterious and even slightly threatening', it means that the cpu clock multiplier is unlocked, allowing for easier overclocking.
AMD have been using the tag for quite some time!
....2 second search and you would of realised it means they are easy to overclock.
Thats is all.
Research? Ha copy paste more like.
AMD Black Edition.
Black Edition parts* have their internal clock multiplier unlocked so you can tweak the CPUs internal clock rate without affecting anything else.
Nothing new or sinister here, move along.
*There's been one at the top of every lineup for quite a number of years now.