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Advanced Micro Devices, the world’s second largest maker of x86 microprocessors, plans to introduce its new high-performance quad-core microprocessors in August. The most important updates will be AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition, the new top-of-the-range desktop chip by AMD, as well as AMD Athlon II X4 630, the first quad-core Athlon processor that is aimed at mainstream market.

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Processor will be clocked at 3.40GHz and will feature 2MB L2 cache (512KB per core), 6MB L3 unified cache, integrated dual-channel DDR2/DDR3 memory controller and will support all the latest technologies found in AMD processors. The chip will be in AM3 form-factor, hence, will be able to work in both AM3 and AM2+ platforms that support 125W thermal design power. The new processor will boost performance of AMD’s high-end quad-core chips ahead of the back-to-school season, which will improve competitiveness of AMD’s desktop family of chips. Sources familiar with AMD’s plans said that the company plans to formally unveil the chip on the 13th of August, 2009.

AMD Athlon II X4 630 based on the code-named Propus core will be the first quad-core chip carrying Athlon brand and will also be the first quad-core processor from AMD aimed at mainstream product segment. AMD Athlon II X4 630 clocked at 2.80GHz will feature dual-channel DDR2/DDR3 memory controller (depending on platform) and 2MB L2 cache (512KB per core), but will lack L3 cache. Relatively low clock-speed as well as the lack of third-level cache will make the new chip rather economical in terms of power: TDP of the new processor is 65W. AMD is projected to release the Athlon X4 630 on the 23rd of August, 2009, along with its new AMD 785G core-logic with integrated graphics. Later this Fall AMD also plans to release Athlon II X4 models 600e (2.20GHz), 605e (2.30GHz) and 620 (2.60GHz) to address different market segments.

Sunnyvale, California-based AMD also plans to launch new triple-core Athlon II X3 central processing units sometimes in September or October to complete its new lineup of chips made using 45nm process technology that is aimed at mainstream and entry-level price-segments.

Pricing of the new chips is not known at present.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: AMD, Deneb, Propus, 45nm, Phenom, Athlon

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Discussion started: 07/10/09 06:53:52 PM
Latest comment: 07/14/09 12:27:13 AM

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A 65W Quad core! At least people who wants to make HTPC will be very happy specially since a 785G Mobo to compliment it. A Quad Core without breaking bank compared to Intel's 65W Quad core iterations.
0 0 [Posted by: goury  | Date: 07/10/09 06:53:52 PM]
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With the right price I think it's gonna be a pure win combination.
0 2 [Posted by: Nintendork  | Date: 07/10/09 11:35:00 PM]
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A 65W quad core processor with a cache architechture from 2005! Color me unexcited. That processor is going to work for extremely limited applications because with only 512K data cache it will be only be useful for doing lots of very simple things at once. I though AMD understood that the reason core 2 rocked them was the large cache available to the processor, but I guess they didn't learn their lesson. At the very least, they should have made a shared L2 cache of 2MB instead of 4 512k independent ones. (AMD's rhetoric about the value of an independent cache was soundly destroyed by real world applications in which it became clear that small independent caches means less cache data and data that's redundantly cached.)
0 0 [Posted by: philosofool  | Date: 07/11/09 12:44:06 PM]
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This thing will be at least as fast as a Q8300 and cheaper.

Your argument doesn't make sense.


0 2 [Posted by: Nintendork  | Date: 07/12/09 04:46:01 PM]
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Um, couldn't you just overclock a X4 955 a couple hundred MHz to achieve the same performance as this "new" high-end 965?
I don't see the value/point/purpose of such a chip.
Same with any i7 other than the 920.
0 0 [Posted by: ambientmf  | Date: 07/13/09 04:11:56 AM]
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Remember: Not everyone overclocks. You can do so at your own risk. Others (80-90%) just want a fast stock chip.

Analogy: Just because I could tune my 2.2l 4cyl Camry to 300HP doesn't mean I should. That's not gonna stop me from building a 3.3l 400HP V6 though B-).

Point being that while us geeks/tweakers/tuners aren't satisfied with stock performance, most people are.
0 0 [Posted by: cheeseman  | Date: 07/13/09 12:08:24 PM]
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However, many home builders do OC. The high-end CPUs are mostly for system builders, for those who build high end systems with high price tags (and high margins). Overclocking isn't always an option with mass produced products (like what Dell and HP make).

And from what I've seen, most "normal" users have a negative attitude towards their computer, often being very unsatisfied with performance. Don't confuse non-overclockers with people who are satisfied with what they have.
0 0 [Posted by: MonkRX  | Date: 07/14/09 12:27:13 AM]
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