In case you didn’t hear the news, AMD' Athlon II got a couple of new family members today. Also, there will be a 95W version of the Phenom II X4 945 (3.0GHz) available very shortly.
"AMD today announced the AMD Athlon™ II X2 dual-core 245 and 240 processors, delivering 45nm technology-based performance to mainstream PC users for less than $67 USD. When combined with AMD's chipsets, these processors are designed to provide plenty of performance to handle today's popular mainstream applications in multitasking environments - all while remaining cool and quiet.
Given the current economic environment, consumers are seeking the best computing value without sacrificing the performance required to maintain their digital lifestyle. With AMD Athlon™ II X2 245 and 240 processors, system builders and PC OEMs can better address the industry's need to provide affordable, powerful and energy efficient desktop PCs that help consumers quickly and easily create, enjoy and share their digital world.
The AMD Athlon™ II X2 245 and 240 processors are geared toward the growing segment of mainstream, value-conscious PC users seeking a full-featured product with advanced performance to enhance their computing capabilities at home and at play. Those looking for an enhanced digital experience and demanding extreme multitasking performance to help them do more in less time will find these processors help exceed their expectations. AMD Athlon™ II dual-core processors provide consumers the capability to efficiently multitask and easily create, render, transfer and share their multimedia content. When combined with ATI Radeon™ HD graphics technology and AMD chipsets, systems based on the AMD Athlon™ II X2 245 and 240 processors deliver a vivid visual experience, smooth multitasking and exceptional digital media performance with efficiency."