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Advanced Micro Devices plans to introduce a number of potentially popular microprocessors on the 21st of September, 2010, source familiar with AMD's plans revealed Wednesday. The firm will introduce a new member of its six-core chips family as well as its fastest quad-core central processing unit (CPU) ever.

It is quite noteworthy that AMD decided to perform a major update of the microprocessor lineup in late September, in the last days of the third quarter. Perhaps, the company feels that its present lineup is enough competitive for both back-to-school season as well as to ensure high revenue in the third quarter.

The two key processors set to be announced are AMD Phenom II X6 1075T (3.0GHz/3.50GHz TurboCore with 9MB of cache) and AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition (3.50GHz, 8MB of cache). The first will cost in the range between $230 - $240 and will broaden the line of code-named Thuban microprocessors, whereas the second will be AMD's fastest quad-core microprocessor with the price tag that is likely to be below $200.

Considering the fact that TurboCore clock-speed of the six-core model 1075T will be 3.50GHz, the difference in price between it and the quad-core Phenom II X4 970 BE should be considerable as the chips have equal performance in applications that require up to four threads (in order to avoid internal competition between six-core and quad-core products).

The world's second largest supplier of central processing units will also introduce dual-core AMD Phenom II X2 560 (3.30GHz, 7MB cache) as well as quad-core AMD Athlon II X4 645 (3.1GHz, 2MB L2 cache) microprocessors that will cost around ~$100 and will be aimed at advanced systems in budget.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: AMD, Phenom, Thuban, Deneb, Athlon, Propus

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Come on AMD, this is just fiddling around the edges. Deneb & Thuban performance has been well and truely tapped. Intel has a Sandy Bridge coming in just a few months. What is AMD's answer to Sandy bridge? And will it make it to retail before Intel's socket 2011?
0 0 [Posted by: dizzystuff  | Date: 08/12/10 04:25:41 PM]
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AMD's anwser is bulldozer and Llano.

Llano will rip the bottom out of Intel thin and light notebook market and bulldozer will be competitive with Intel up into their midrange products.
0 0 [Posted by: mackintire  | Date: 08/12/10 06:50:49 PM]
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Well I hope your right but bulldozer sampled about 2 months ago so its virtually 12 months away from retail. Im concerned that when intels socket 2011 arrives in late 2011 it will just blow bulldozer away again ala core 2.
0 0 [Posted by: dizzystuff  | Date: 08/12/10 07:47:45 PM]
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Incremental changes in the clock speeds of the current AMD architecture are only good for marketing purposes, as the i5-760 can already eat the fastest Phenom X4 for breakfast.

The Phenom X4 970 smacks of desperation: only a 100 Mhz bump.

Here is a list of future AMD CPU's:

http://en.wikipedia.org/w...uture_AMD_microprocessors

Intel is coming with Sandy Bridge in early 2011, while Bulldozer's timeline is still murky.

It seems Intel's lead over AMD is poised to grow from one year to 18 months.

I am an AMD supporter (and buyer), but they if they can't keep up within a reasonnable distance of Intel, they are headed for trouble.
0 0 [Posted by: BernardP  | Date: 08/12/10 07:54:32 PM]
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"as the i5-760 can already eat the fastest Phenom X4 for breakfast."
Exactly. AMD has no real answer to lga 1156 other than bumping up the cores, let alone lga 1366.

"The Phenom X4 970 smacks of desperation: only a 100 Mhz bump."
Yep Phenom 2 is at its end yet it still has to carry the flag for another 12 months.

"while Bulldozer's timeline is still murky"
I keep hearing bulldozer cpu's will launch Q3 next year alongside AM3+ platform and 990FX chipset which officially supports dual channel DDR3 2000/1866/1600 and be backwards compatible (and presumably somewhat bastardised) on AM3 platform.

"It seems Intel's lead over AMD is poised to grow from one year to 18 months."
True and it is a worry. On the flip side though AMD are staying alive despite this.

"I am an AMD supporter (and buyer),but they if they can't keep up within a reasonnable distance of Intel, they are headed for trouble."
For AMD talk is cheap. Its time for them to put up or shut up.



0 0 [Posted by: dizzystuff  | Date: 08/13/10 02:43:08 AM]
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Any chance of a new stepping or are these just clocked differently?
0 0 [Posted by: GavinT  | Date: 08/13/10 02:22:54 AM]
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You forget to say that most of Intel user (about 60-70%)still use old lga775 socket.Simply, Intel users cant folow all Intel socket (I dont know excatly how much they have ,4 or 5).True Intel have faster high end CPU (cost arround 700-1000 $),but AMD have better upgrade path ,and better price /perfomance ratio.
0 0 [Posted by: Blackcode  | Date: 08/13/10 06:39:10 AM]
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