ITReviewed writes: "AMD's original quad-core Phenom processors weren't very well receiving. Unfashionably late to the party and unable to keep up with even low-end Intel quad-core processors, Phenom was a brand looking for a quick death. A lot can happen in a year. AMD has been working hard over the past year. Hence, Phenom II is here. As the insertion of the 'II' suggests, this new processor isn't simply a new stepping, but a heavily redesigned chip. The two most notable improvements are a die shrink from 65nm to 45nm transistors (allows faster speeds while cutting power consumption), and 6MB of Level 3 cache instead of 2MB."