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AMD Athlon X4 840 renders FM2+ platform even cheaper

by on16 March 2015


65W, 3.1GHz quad-core 

The new AMD Athlon X4 840 is all about value and should make the transition to FM2+ cheaper, provided you don’t need integrated graphics.

The chip is a Kaveri-based quad-core clocked at 3.1GHz. It has a max Turbo clock of 3.8GHz and a TDP of 65W. This is only the second Kaveri Athlon to launch – and unlike the Athlon X4 860K, it’s not an unlocked part. It is also somewhat slower than the 860K, which clocks in at 3.7GHz (4.0GHz Turbo), but the 860K is a 95W chip.

A couple of British retailers have listed the chip and KSN claims to have it in stock, ready to ship. Oddly enough, the Athlon X4 840 was announced six months ago, but never found its way to retail.

The only problem we have with the 840 is that it doesn’t appear to be much cheaper than the unlocked 860K, but then again it’s not widely available yet, so we don’t know exact price. British retailers are pricing it at 50 GBP.

Last modified on 16 March 2015
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