Our testing showed that the '940 model scaled to 3.6GHz with just a basic fiddle in the BIOS, paving the way for faster-clocked Phenom IIs in the near future. Indeed, we reported on the probability of a Phenom II 955 chip, clocked in at 3.2GHz, last month.
Lending further credence to the imminent arrival of the chip is a listing at a US etailer.
Let's assume that the listing is accurate with respect to specification and projected price. The Phenom II 940 AM2+ etails for $215 at Newegg whilst the Phenom II 920 is available for $184.
Undertake a quick dollar-to-pound calculation and the 'Phenom II X4 955', if released, could cost £275 or so - for, ostensibly, around 7 per cent extra clock-speed over the '940.
Conjecturing further, the Intel Core i7 920 ships at $289, so the unit price may well be erroneous in this case.
It's a game of wait and see if the 955 BE ever makes it to retail. Should it do so, it will, ceteris paribus, need to be priced at a maximum of £240 (below Core i7 920) for it to be viable proposition, we reckon.