All the focus right now is on Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge architecture and AMD's Bulldozer cores, but hey, there's still some life left in today's architectures, too. Within the next couple of months or so, AMD will beef up its Phenom II X6 line with a couple of new additions.
On the six-core front, AMD plans to release the Phenom II X6 1100T and 1065T. The 1100T will rank as AMD's new flagship part with a clockspeed of 3.30GHz (Turbo Speed 3.70GHz), 9MB of cache, and a 125W TDP.
The 1065T, on the other hand, will sit about halfway down AMD's hexacore totem pole, but will be the fastest six-core part with a 95W TDP. It will come clocked at 2.90GHz (Turbo Speed 3.40GHz) and also contain 9MB of cache.
Both of these processors take aim at the high performance crowd, while a new flagship quad-core chip is also in the works.
Enthusiasts with deep pockets will have another six-core Extreme Edition processor from Intel to line their rigs with, but not until the first quarter of 2011. That's when Intel will reportedly drop its upcoming Core i7 990X processor into the high-end market.
There won't be any big surprises here. The 990X is essentially a faster clocked Gulftown, which means it won't come built around Intel's 32nm Sandy Bridge architecture. According to reports, the 990X will come clocked at 3.46GHz with a Turbo clockspeed of 3.73GHz. Compare that to the 980X, Intel's current flagship processor clocked at 3.33GHz with a Turbo frequency of 3.6GHz.
Like all Extreme Edition CPUs, the 990X will ship with an unlocked multiplier. Other familiar features/specs include a tri-channel memory controller and 130W TDP.
No concrete release date has yet been set, only that it will ship sometime in the first quarter of 2011 for $1,000. And if Fudzilla's info is correct, there won't be any other six-core parts from Intel before then.
This isn't the first time we've seen AMD fight back against Intel by releasing low-cost alternatives to Intel's pricier parts (how many of you have fond memories of owning a Barton platform?), and as expected, AMD's six-core processors are flying off of store shelves.
Sales have been so well that AMD is having trouble keeping up with demand. As such, the Sunnyvale chip maker is cautioning vendors about placing orders, DigiTimes says.
Not just six-core chips are affected, either. The increased demand also applies to sales of 800-series motherboards, mobo makers say, and could impact pricing. Citing un-named sources, DigiTimes says AMD has decided to postpone the launch of its SB810 southbridge and will continue to sell the SB850 at a higher price.
Digital Storm may have just built the baddest workstation on the block, or at least in the home consumer market. Tapping into Intel's latest and greatest, Digital Storm's new DAVINCI workstation crunches workloads with Intel's Core i7 980X Extreme Edition chip doing much of the heavy lifting.
Helping it go is an Nvidia PNY Quadro FX 1800 graphics card with 768MB of dedicated RAM. Other baseline specs include 12GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, Asus P6X58D Premium motherboard, a 1000W power supply, and Windows 7 Professional.
"The philosophy behind DAVINCI is simple: engineer a workstation that completely maximizes application performance so that creative professionals can accelerate their productivity," commented Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm’s Director of Product Development. "Thanks to NVIDIA’s and Intel’s most powerful components to date, our DAVINCI workstations will be fully optimized for the forthcoming release of Adobe’s Creative Suite 5."
Digital Storm says it subjects each DAVINCI system to a rigorous 72-hour stress test prior to shipping. Should something break anyway, the rigs come backed with a 4-year warranty.
As equipped above, pricing starts at $4,995, which represents the company's mid-range (Professional) DAVINCI. There's also a Performance model that starts out at $2,952 (Intel Core i7 930, Quadro FX 580, 750W PSU) and an Enthusiast model that runs $5,778 (dual Intel Xeon E5530 chips, Intel Workstation board, Nvidia Quadro FX 1800 graphics, 1000W PSU).
Right now all the talk is on Intel's 6-core Gulftown chip, and rightfully so (see here for our in-depth evaluation). But in a little over a month, AMD will dish out its own 6-core desktop lineup dubbed Phenom II X6. AMD hasn't offered up a lot of details on its upcoming chips, but that's okay, because some key info may have been inadvertently leaked to the Web.
According to Tech Connect, Gigabyte released a handful of BIOS updates that reveal what clocks AMD's chips will run at. There will be four chips to begin with, including the Phenom II X6 1035T, 1055T (in both 95W and 125W TDP flavors), and the 1075T. As it's been leaked to th Web, the 1035T will come clocked at 2.6GHz, while the 1055T will kick things up a notch to 2.8GHz.
On the higher end, the fastest clocked hexacore -- the 1075T -- will sport a 3.0Ghz clockspeed, which is 333MHz slower (in clockspeed) than Intel's Core i7 980X Extreme Edition part.
Stay tuned, as these are subject to change, and we still don't have any pricing info.
Boutique system builders have been all over Intel's Core i7 980X Extreme Edition chip ever since it officially launched, and that includes iBuyPower, who just announced four new "high overclockable" Paladin systems rocking the 6-core part.
"Gamers looking to get the most out of their new six core systems can take advantage of the iBuyPower Labs' Power Drive Overclocking Service, which overclocks th CPU by as much as 30 percent and comes standard on the Paladin XLC V3," iBuyPower said in a statement. "Other innovative iBuyPower exclusive products and services include the Harmony Sound Reduction System, the Internal USB Expansion System, and iBuyPower's Specialized Advanced packaging System with Expanding foam inserts to prevent damage during shipping."
Surprisingly affordable, pricing on the refreshed Paladins starts at $2,159 (Paladin F890), which is the lowest we've seen for a system that includes Intel's 6-core chip. Other baseline specs include Cooler Master's HAF 922 chassis, Asetek self-contained liquid cooler, 6GB of DDR3-1333, ATI Radeon 5830, Asus P6T motherboard, 1TB hard drive, 22X DVD burner, Windows Home 7 Premium, and a 700W power supply. For a couple hundred bucks, you could upgrade to an HD 5870 videocard and end up with a pretty monstrous system for under $2,500.