AMD unveils trio of quad-core Phenom chips

New Black Edition processors aimed at high-end power users and gamers

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today unveiled three new quad-core Phenom X4 processors, including a high-end Black Edition chip.

The 2.6-GHz AMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition processors are designed for power users and gamers, according to AMD. The 2.0-GHz AMD Phenom X4 9350e and the 1.8-GHz AMD Phenom X4 9150e processors, which were also released today, are aimed at energy-conscious consumers.

"These processors, under the most extreme operation, consume no more than 65 watts, delivering the performance of four independent cores at a low wattage," said AMD in a statement. "[They're] ideal for development of small and sleek form factors that can help cut down on energy consumption, take up little space, and operate with low noise."

In April, AMD released three new triple-core Phenom processors, continuing what has been a new product push for the chip maker this year.

Jim McGregor, an analyst at In-Stat in Scottsdale, Ariz., said in an earlier interview that simply shipping new products is a good step for a company that staggered dramatically in 2007 and was forced to delay product releases.

"They're rounding out their product portfolio," he said. "The biggest thing is having a dual core, a triple core and a quad core. They've got different performance, frequency and price ranges. It's very important they're coming out with new product."

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