I have to admit that I am a bit disappointed. It has nothing to do with the AMD Athlon II X4 640. It has more to do with the fact that I spent nearly $800.00 on my Intel Core I7 components and I could have built an AMD based system with the AMD Athlon II X4 640 for less than half of that cost. Granted, the Intel system did lead on all the tests, but the performance wasn’t anywhere near double like the price is.
Despite being aimed at a more budget minded crowd, the AMD Athlon II X4 640 performs like a champ. Pair it with a system board like the ASRock 890GX Extreme3 that we used today and you have the base for a solid gaming or multi-media system. Not bad, considering the system would support dual-monitors, Blu-Ray playback, GPGPU applications like stream and most importantly it would be ready for Windows 7.
The low price of $122 is a great price for a quad core processor! If you are looking to get a little bit more performance out of your system you can pick up an AMD Phenom II 925 for only a few bucks more on the web. The decision is ultimately up to you. We did see a little bit more performance from the AMD Phenom II 910e that we tested, although it wasn’t a significant amount in most cases.
Legit Bottom Line: The AMD Athlon II X4 640 may not be the world’s fastest processor, though it isn’t priced like it, either! The low price of $122.00 is aimed at the main stream crowd that likes to see a great price to performance ratio. AMD hit the nail on the head with the Athlon II X4 640 as the price to performance is terrific!