AMD is said to be on the verge of delivering a higher-clocked successor to the Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition. The news was reported over the weekend by Expreview
, which spotted details of the still unannounced CPU on ASRock’s website
. Apparently, the so-called AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition will have the same amount of cache and the same 125W power envelope as the 955, just with a higher 3.4GHz clock speed.
In terms of performance, the extra 200MHz will help AMD compete against Intel’s Core 2 Quad offerings and perhaps even the Core i7 920, which currently sells for around $280. While no pricing information for the new part is mentioned, some expect it to launch at the same $245 AMD currently charges for its flagship Phenom II X4 955. The company might also choose to price the new 3.4GHz processor closer to the $320 Core 2 Quad Q9650 – at least initially, before dropping prices down to more competitive levels when Intel starts delivering Lynnfield processors later in 2009.