AMD Offers Triple-Core Athlon II Chips
Advanced Micro Devices unveils its first three-core Athlon II PC chips, part of a larger rollout of Athlon II processors that are designed to offer higher performance and lower power consumption. AMD rival Intel has dual- and quad-core PC chips, but no triple-core offering.Advanced Micro Devices is rolling out its first triple-core Athlon processors for PCs. The four Athlon II X3 triple-core chips were among eight new processors that AMD unveiled Oct. 20 in an effort to bulk up its offerings for PCs and smaller form factor devices, including all-in-one desktops.
The new Athlon II X3 chips mean AMD can offer systems makers such as Dell, Acer and Hewlett-Packard products at a price point between its dual- and quad-core processors.