When AMD launched its quad-core Phenom 9500 and 9600 processors in November, the company priced them at a respective $251 and $283—enough to match the 9600 to Intel’s Core 2 Quad Q6600. The 9600 wasn’t a flawless opponent to the Q6600 to begin with, but with the advent of the TLB patch (which AMD has advised motherboard makers to force on by default in their latest BIOSes), it is at a significant performance disadvantage compared to Intel’s cheapest quad-core offering.
Perhaps in light of this problem, pricing for Phenom chips seems to have quietly gone down at some online retailers. Newegg currently prices the Phenom 9500 at $199.99 and the Phenom 9600 at $245.99, while Mwave lists respective prices of $205 and $245 for the same chips.
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