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The forthcoming AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition microprocessor will not only be the fastest quad-core chip from Advanced Micro Devices, but will also exist in two versions one of which has all chances to become a dream of computer enthusiasts because of possibility to unlock two additional cores.

Sources familiar with AMD's plans claims that there will be two types of AMD Phenom II X4 970 BE central processing units (CPUs): boxed versions aimed at retail market will be based on the well known code-named Deneb design that has four cores in total; tray flavours of the chips designed for system integrators and OEMs will be based on Zosma design, which is basically six-core Thuban chip with two disabled cores that can be unlocked on certain mainboards.

Typically, tray/OEM versions of CPUs from AMD eventually emerge in retail markets, therefore, will be possible to acquire a quad-core product and transform it into six-core microprocessor using a BIOS feature of certain mainboards. Back in the past advanced mainboards allowed enthusiasts to re-enable disabled cores inside quad-core and triple-core processors without any instabilities caused by that, which meant free performance.

The quad-core AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition microprocessor will be clocked at 3.50GHz, will feature 8MB of cache, dual-channel DDR2/DDR3 memory controller and will be compatible with AM3 and select AM2+ mainboards. The product will cost around $200 and will be AMD's fastest quad-core solution ever. The chip is projected to be unveiled on September, 21, 2010.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

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


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Discussion started: 08/11/10 07:08:09 PM
Latest comment: 08/17/10 05:42:14 PM
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I would think many of them will unlock, as if a product is speed-binned to 3.5ghz with a reasonable TDP, it's likely not a terrible die. I understand the additional cores might not run at that speed or COULD be completely FUBAR, but I'd reckon the chances are lower they completely won't work because of this.

On the subject of practicality though, the 1055T can be had for the same $200 or less, and according to X-bit's own article, they had no problems overclocking it to 3.7 on stock voltage or the same 4ghz as the highest-end 1090T with increased voltage. This seems to be a typical result.

With that said, there is literally no good reason to buy this product for 6-core/overclocking performance at $200 unless you have a motherboard/RAM combo that does not play well with a higher base clock and need to use higher multipliers instead.

Now, if it is released at the canceled 960T's old price point of slightly cheaper that a 1055T, it could have a niche. Considering it's default clockspeed though in quad mode, I'd say the chances are slim.
0 0 [Posted by: turtle  | Date: 08/11/10 07:08:09 PM]

Yeah not really sure why they'd bother having a deneb version of the 975 clocked at 3.5Ghz, it makes little sense for a consumer to buy it over a 965/955/1055T. I can see the point of having A zosma version with unlockable cores and a full alotment of thuban cache.
O/T whats the go with the 95W 955BE? Is this chip still coming?
0 0 [Posted by: dizzystuff  | Date: 08/11/10 08:55:43 PM]
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It seems geeks shall always stay geeks

You forgot Joe Average reasoning, it's X4 970 .... so it MUST BE better than any previous X4. It's simply the best X4 that money can buy :mrgreen:. And BLACK(BALLED) EDITION on top of it.

Anyhow it's a century old story do we need more cores or higher clocks? Do we really need x86-64 or we could simply stick with 16b DOS?
Who the hell needs more than 4GB of memory (two year ago when memory was dirty cheap .. at least ddr2)
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 08/17/10 05:42:14 PM]


"jason1980 Today, 01:08 AM #4 (permalink)
wads the point? Just bump up the multiplier on the 955 or 965BE and u get a 970?"

and thea eye wa walking doen tha street...
Singing Do-Wa-Diddy Diddy-Dum Diddy-Dum

No Source: It did not happen
0 0 [Posted by: y eye  | Date: 08/12/10 10:49:20 AM]

Where's the 3,8 GHz Turbo Core capable CPU ? That's what AMD should do right now and it wouldn't be too difficult. Get a CPU that is able to overclock at least 1 CORE to 3,8Ghz if the application is not multithreaded.

Each line of CPU's (single, dual, quad or hexa) should have a top CPU that would be capable of this feat.
0 0 [Posted by: East17  | Date: 08/14/10 04:05:57 PM]


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