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The first desktop six-core microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices code-named “Thuban” are scheduled to arrive rather sooner than later, according to sources with knowledge of the matter. In fact, AMD does its best in order to release its Phenom II X6 central processing unit (CPU) in Q2 2010.

The world’s second largest developer of x86 chips plans to start shipping its AMD Phenom II X6 “Thuban” processors in the second quarter of next year, according to sources familiar with AMD’s roadmap. Presently it was thought that AMD would only start shipping its six-core desktop chips sometimes in Q3 2010, considerably later than its rival Intel Corp., which is set to release its six-core Core i9 “Gulftown” processors in the second quarter. However, AMD seems to continue its trend of launching its products rather earlier than later, which was started by Shanghai and Istanbul processors.

AMD Phenom II X6 will be compatible with socket AM3/AM2+ (with split power plane) infrastructure and will have integrated dual-channel PC3-10600 (DDR3 1333MHz) memory controller. It is very likely that Thuban processors will retain the design of the code-named Istanbul chips for servers, thus, will feature 3MB L2 cache (512KB per core) and 6MB of L3 cache. The chips will be made using 45nm SOI fabrication process. Power consumption of the chips is set to be decided.

The new six-core CPUs will be the main part of AMD’s Leo platform that will be based on the AMD 890FX and 890GX core-logic sets. The new chipsets will offer better performance and functionality, e.g., they will support Serial ATA-600, 14 Serial ATA 2.0 ports and so on, but both will only hit mass production in April, 2010, and will be formally released in May next year, according to market sources.

Officials for AMD did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: AMD, Phenom, Thuban, 45nm

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I think that AMD are just waiting to pack enough 3 GHz and 3,2 GHz working "Istanbul" chips. They cannot launch a Phenom II X6 CPU that doesn't have at least a speed of 3,2 GHz because the performance in most games would be inferior to the Phenom II X4 and also in the rest of the frequency sensible applications and, of course, the single threaded programs. I don't dare to hope but I think there should even be a 3,4 GHz Special Edition / Extreme Edition just to be sure that the launch paints a good picture even if the availability of such CPUs would be lower than 2 or 3 thousands pieces.

So, besides the fact that maybe the platform needs some retouches, I think they are just building enough inventory for a May 2010 launch.

Also, if I think optimistically about this, if things are going well, AMD will launch even in late Q1 or early Q2 2010 if they are so permissive with the information leaks. After all, what's surprising to me, is that there were little to no leaks about the Radeon 5870 ... so AMD is very secretive about it's projects lately ... and if I think about the surprise that the Phenom II launch was and the same goes for Radeon 5870... really think there's a chance that AMD will launch Phenom II earlier than it let's it leak out.
0 0 [Posted by: East17  | Date: 10/10/09 04:33:19 PM]
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Yes, having the smart overclocking individual cores would be great.
That's were AMD is behind INTEL big time.
They wouldn't need every core to clock with 3.4 but if at least one or two of them could at times, that would be neat.
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0 0 [Posted by: mschira  | Date: 10/11/09 04:41:42 PM]
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Finally some one that gets it ! AMD should have better concentrated on achieving higher speeds than adding huge amounts of needless L3 cache ... I think that a Phenom II 3,8 GHz without L3 cache would have been a much better competitor to the Core i7 . And also it would have been much cheaper to make with also higher yields. Putting that L3 cacheless CPU in a 2S or 4S server would he probably been much worse than the current 6Mb L3 Cache design so ... I guess AMD really had no choice than going for the bigger L3 Cache ... although a Turbo option for at least 1 core. Turbo clocking 1 core to around 4 GHz would have done wonders for AMD's benchmark numbers.
0 0 [Posted by: East17  | Date: 10/11/09 05:19:29 PM]
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Yep less cache and more individual core clocking is a good idea. Good for pleasing the power concerned server market and increase yield/lower price.
I don't see why they don't use the old Intel trick of multiple chips in a single package, since their HT bus allows that to be much more efficient then when Intel did it. Plus would drastically lower prices from increased yield from making smaller parts. Would be much closer to the highly successful ATI strategy of making a chip for the masses and then using 2 of them for enthusiasts.

On a side note, i'm finding it very hard to track whats going on with AMD cpu's by the codenames. Wish they would switch to something a little more easy to track instead of platforms, architectures, specific processor dies. Who knows what a thuban is? is that a constellation like leo? is leo an animal or a constellation? I'm so lost.
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