Phenom II Family: Diversity of the Species
First of all we decided to gather together everything we know about AMD processors manufactured with 45nm process and branded as Phenom II. A summarizing chart like that is absolutely necessary because this CPU series that currently includes 7 models turned out very contradicting. It includes CPUs with different number of cores, different application, different platform compatibility, etc.
According to previous roadmaps, AMD was going to announce another Socket AM3 processor: Phenom II X4 925, however, they haven’t launched it today. It could be the difficulty with fitting this CPU into the 95W thermal envelope. And although they have formally announced the next model, Phenom II X4 910, it is only available to AMD’s OEM partners at this point. So, the top Socket AM3 processor that you will be able to purchase in retail shortly appears Phenom II X4 810. That is why we picked this particular model for our today’s test session.
The today’s addition to the Phenom II model lineup finally explains the whole idea behind AMD’s processor ratings. The rating series stand for the major CPU specifications. And if we add here everything we know about the upcoming 45nm processors, we will get a very logical succession:
- 900 series: quad-core processors with 6MB L3 cache;
- 800 series: quad-core processors with 4MB L3 cache;
- 700 series: triple-core processors with 6MB L3 cache;
- 600 series: quad-core processors without L3 cache;
- 400 series: triple-core processors without L3 cache;
- 200 series: dual-core processors.
We only have preliminary the info on 200, 400 and 600 series. According to our sources, these CPUs should be launching in Q2 2009.