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Advanced Micro Devices, the world’s second largest maker of central processing units (CPUs), has decided to reschedule the launch of its six-core microprocessors by speeding up the release of the highest-performance Phenom II X6 chip and delaying the availability of a less speedier part, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans. In addition, more details about AMD’s Turbo Core technology have transpired.

Apparently, AMD decided to bring forward the launch of AMD Phenom II X6 1090T chip (3.20GHz) to the second quarter of 2010 and pull back the release of the model 1075T (3.0GHz) to the third quarter. The move will help AMD to get more positive press review for its new code-named Thuban processors since the parts with higher clock-speeds naturally offer higher performance, something that will be appreciated by potential buyers of the new CPUs.

More details have also emerged about AMD’s Turbo Core technology. Depending on the actual model and its specifications, AMD Phenom II X6 1000T-series chips will be able to boost their clock-speeds by 400MHz or 500MHz when only half of available cores are active, e.g., microprocessors work in triple-core mode. That said, the model Phenom II X6 1090T at 3.60GHz will most likely outperform the currently available Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition in typical cases.

Forthcoming Desktop Microprocessors from AMD

Model

Code-name

No. of cores

Cache

TDP

Clock-SpeedTurbo-Speed

Platform

Availability

Phenom II X6 1090T

Thuban

6

9MB

125W

3.20GHz

3.60GHz

AM3

Q2 2010

Phenom II X6 1075T

Thuban

6

9MB

125W

3.00GHz

3.50GHz

AM3

Q3 2010

Phenom II X6 1055T

Thuban

6

9MB

125W

2.80GHz

3.30GHz

AM3

Q2 2010

Phenom II X6 1055T

Thuban

6

9MB

95W

2.80GHz

3.30GHz

AM3

Q2 2010

Phenom II X6 1035T

Thuban

6

9MB

95W

2.60GHz

3.10GHz

AM3

Q2 2010

Phenom II X4 960T

Zosma 

4

8MB

95W

3.00GHz

3.40GHz

AM3

Q2 2010

Pricing of the chips is still not known precisely, but sources close to AMD said that the high-end AMD Phenom II X6 1090T will cost approximately $300, whereas the model 1055T will be priced at around $250. At present AMD’s most expensive desktop processor costs $185, therefore, the introduction of the Thuban chips will allow AMD to rather substantially boost pricing and, possibly, profit margin of its desktop offerings.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: AMD, Phenom, Thuban, Leo, 45nm, Zosma

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excellent...
odd that they call it phenom 2 considering it has turbo boost and the original phenom 2 did not. phenom 3 would be more appropriate.
but meh, still a lot easier naming scheme then the evil that is intel naming.
0 0 [Posted by: taltamir  | Date: 03/24/10 03:42:26 PM]
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Its a phenom II with 6 cores and a new turbo feature. A Strunk version of the same chip (which will undoubtedly come as 32nm for AMD approaches) would be Phenom 3. And AMD's next archetecture (shortly after) should crush that also. There is infact a method to the naming. Sadly this chip is no where near where Phenom 3 needs to be. And turbo boost wont help that. I'm gonna try for a 125 black at release whichever's highest.
0 0 [Posted by: bryytown  | Date: 03/25/10 02:36:28 AM]
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$50's more than expected and a delayed launch weak consumers lose again thank Intel I guess.
0 0 [Posted by: knowom  | Date: 03/24/10 04:26:44 PM]
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I wonder which of these new chips will be Black Edition's with unlocked multi's. I really hope the Zosma is a BE.
0 0 [Posted by: daseto  | Date: 03/24/10 08:34:44 PM]
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its not.
0 0 [Posted by: bryytown  | Date: 03/25/10 02:37:07 AM]
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Just a few days ago I did a calculation, which resulted in three cores as being the maximum number to be run at turbo frequency (P-Max). Short version:
P = TDP * (0.5*1.18+0.5*0.29) * (1.425/1.225)^2
P = TDP * 0.99

Long version (now in English) at http://citavia.blog.de/ as usual.

Regards
Matt
0 0 [Posted by: Dresdenboy  | Date: 03/25/10 06:18:05 AM]
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nice
0 0 [Posted by: bryytown  | Date: 03/25/10 11:53:13 PM]
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Here are the AMD slides, which confirm the <=3 cores turbo: http://vr-zone.com/forums...oadmap-in-full-glory.html
0 0 [Posted by: Dresdenboy  | Date: 03/26/10 02:11:23 AM]
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Awesome!
0 0 [Posted by: Geforcepat  | Date: 03/26/10 10:43:45 AM]
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The Zosma should be all I need, looking good
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 03/27/10 12:48:49 AM]
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BULLDOZER ANY INFO AS TIME NEARS ON theBULL. At 125 W Thurban should be tight Little Mama, having nice symetry in Archetecure , two Mods & FREE to GO.

SignedHYSICIAN THOMAS STEWART von DRASHEK M.D.
0 0 [Posted by: thomasxstewart  | Date: 03/27/10 01:09:17 AM]
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