AMD Unleashes Six-Core Processors for Desktop Computers

AMD Launches Phenom II X6 Microprocessors

by Anton Shilov
04/27/2010 | 02:00 PM

Advanced Micro Devices on Tuesday released its first six-core central processing units (CPUs) for desktops previously code-named Thuban. The new AMD Phenom II X6 chips not only offer six x86 cores, but may also dynamically alter their clock-speeds in order to boost performance in single-threaded applications or trim power consumption when performance is not truly required.

 

“With AMD Phenom II X6 processors, discerning customers can build an incredible, immersive entertainment system and content creation powerhouse. AMD is answering the call for elite desktop PC performance and features at an affordable price,” said Bob Grim, director of client platform marketing at AMD.

AMD Phenom II X6 “Thuban” processors are key components of AMD’s next-generation high-end desktop platform previously known as Leo. The platform is powered by AMD 890FX + SB850 core-logic set, which supports Serial ATA-600 interconnection along with improved capabilities to overclock CPUs. With the new AMD OverDrive 3.2.1 utility, computer enthusiasts can tune system performance, customize settings, and tune memory performance for the latest AMD platforms. The new processors are made using 45nm SOI fabrication process.

One of the most important innovations of AMD Phenom II X6 1000T-series processors is Turbo Core technology. Depending on the actual model and its specifications, six-core 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 dual-core or triple-core mode. The top-of-the-range model Phenom II X6 1090T with default clock-speed of 3.20GHz can clock itself at 3.60GHz with Turbo Core enabled.

The new AMD Phenom II X6 processor works with existing AM3 and AM2+ socket motherboards with proper BIOS support, making these processors an easy upgrade.

Systems based on the AMD Phenom II X6 processor and the AMD 8-series chipsets are immediately available in North America from Boxx, iBuyPower, CyberPower, Systemax, MainGear, NCS Technology, Velocity Micro, and ZT Systems. AMD Phenom II X6 processors and AMD 8-series chipsets are available on motherboard sold by online retailers NCIX, Newegg, TigerDirect, and ZipZoomFly.

At present there are two six-core chips available from AMD: Phenom II X6 1055T (2.80GHz) and Phenom II X6 1090T (3.20GHz) that cost $199 and $295, respectively. Later on AMD plans to release additional Phenom II X6 chips.

 

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