AMD fans were rooting for the Santa Clara chip maker to yank the performance crown from Intel with team green's desktop Bulldozer-based FX series processors. That didn't happen, and it looks like the next batch of Bulldozer processors will skip the high-end hype and attack the mid-range and entry-level markets where AMD has enjoyed quite a bit of success.
There was a time when all $800 would get you was a crappy pre-built PC riddled with proprietary parts from a bulk OEM. If you wanted to build a low-cost PC without all the pitfalls of proprietary hardware, you had to roll your own. That all changed when boutique system builders began to pump out lower cost machines using off the shelf parts, and if that's the route you're looking to take, you have two new systems to choose from.
There's a rumor floating around that AMD will soon bury its Athlon, Phenom, and Sempron brand names, just as the chip maker did with its Radeon brand a few months ago. According to XbitLabs, which claims to have seen a document detailing the change, AMD plans to divide its upcoming Llano and Zambezi processor lines into different classes of its Vision platforms, which will be designated by FX-series, A-series, and E-series instead of Athlon, Phenom, and Sempron.
Perhaps taking advantage of the recent Sandy Bridge chipset fiasco, AMD has gone and reduced the price of several Phenom processors by up to $30, depending on the chip, Fudzilla reports.
Starting with the quad-core processors, AMD shaved $10 from its Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition, 965 Black Edition, and 970 Black Edition parts. Six-core savings are a bit more significant, with the Phenom II X6 1055T dropping from $199 to $175, the 1090T from $235 to $205, and the 1100T from $265 to $239. The 1100T is AMD's flagship hexacore chip, which runs at 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) and includes 6MB of L3 cache.
AMD this week announced a couple of new processors, fleshing out both its Phenom II X6 and Phenom II X2 lines for the desktop.
First up is the Phenom II X6 1075T. Built on a 45nm manufacturing process, this one slips right in under AMD's flagship 1090T and above the entry-level 1055T. It comes clocked at 3GHz with a Turbo Core speed of 3.5GHz, otherwise it shares the same traits as other X6 parts, including HyperTransport 3.0, 3MB L2 cache, 6MB shared L3 cache, and a 125W TDP. Look for the 1075T to sell for less than $250.
AMD also outed its dual-core Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition chip. It comes with an unlocked multiplier and runs at 3.3GHz. Other features include 1MB total L2 cache, 6MB shared L3 cache, HyperTransport 3.0 support, and a maximum TDP of 80W. This one is set to ship for just over $100.
If you're planning on building a system around AMD's six-core Phenom II X6 platform, you may want to sit tight for a few days and see how things shake out. In exchange for your patience, you might be rewarded with a more power-friendly chip than you were anticipating. Or not.
According to news and rumor site Fudzilla, AMD is prepping a slightly revised Phenom II X6 1055T processor. What's curious about this is Fudzilla says the new part will use the same E0 stepping as the current 1055T part, but come spec'd at 95W TDP instead of 125W TDP.
There aren't any U.S. vendors showing the new part just yet, though one was spotted at this German vendor's website. According to the listing, all the other specs remain the same, including 2.8GHz clockspeed, 6MB shared cache, and 4.0GT/s Hypertransport.
AMD has suggested that it wants to be a bigger player in the mobile space, and to help do that, the Santa Clara chip maker is getting ready to release a handful of triple- and quad-core mobile processors.
In addition to the Phenom II X4 N930 clocked at 2.1GHz, AMD plans to release at least three other Phenom II X4 chips. One of them will be the P920, a 1.6GHz part that consumes just 25W of power. Higher up the performance totem pole, AMD will offer the X930 Black Edition processor. This one will come clocked at 2.3GHz and consume 45W of power, making it better suited for bigger laptops and desktop replacements.
As for the company's tri-core plans, AMD will introduce the Phenom II X3 P830, a 1.8GHz part with a 25W TDP. That's 300MHz slower than the N830, which carries a 35W TDP.
AMD will also release a handful of dual-core chips, including the Phenom II N620 (2.8Ghz, 35W), Phenom II X620 Black Edition (3.1Ghz, 45W), Turion II P520 (2.3GHz, 1MB L2 cache per core, 25W), Turion II N530 (2.5GHz, 1MB L2 cache per core, 25W), Athlon II P320 (2.1GHz, 512K per core, 25W), and N330 (2.3GHz, 512K per core, 35W).
Boutique system vendor Maingear is hoping to capitalize on AMD's low-priced 6-core Phenom II X6 processor line by releasing a pair of modestly priced gaming PCs built around the new platform. It's called the VYBE Limited Edition and it comes in two baseline configurations.
The first one sells for $999 and comes built around AMD's Phenom II X6 1055T processor, the lesser of AMD's two chips. Maingear couples the CPU with AMD's new 890GX chipset, which boasts support for SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0. Other features include a Radeon HD 5670 videocard, 4GB of DDR3-1333 memory, 640GB hard drive, DVD burner, 500W power supply, and Windows 7 Home Premium.
For $300 more, Maingear bumps the processor up to a 1090T (3.2GHz). Other upgrades include a Radeon HD 5830 videocard and 6GB of DDR3-1333 memory, otherwise the specs remain the same.
AMD’s new Thuban hexa-core CPUs come out swinging with prices that belie their size
If we’ve learned anything from years of watching action movies: You never, ever count out the underdog. Such is the case with perennial underdog AMD.
Bloodied, beaten, and bruised by months and months of Intel chips that outpaced its parts, AMD isn’t giving up. Instead, it’s hitting back with its own hexa-core CPUs and doing everything just short of yelling yippie ki-yay!
And now for the shocker: These hexa-core CPUs are affordable. Hell, one of the parts is practically budget-priced. Intel’s high-flying hexa-core Core i7-980X is $1,000. Contrast that with AMD’s new 3.2GHz Phenom II X6 1090T at $295. Want more? The 2.8GHz Phenom II X6 1055T costs $200. Yes, $200 for a hexa-core processor. So yippie kay-yay mother frakker, ineed!
Want even more good news? AMD’s new chip will be backward compatible with the vast sea of AM3, and even older AM2+, motherboards out there. We’re quite glad to hear this, because at one point the company told us it planned to jettison DDR2 support, which would have cut off the AM2+ folks. Fortunately, the company changed its mind and both new chips include DDR3 and DDR2 support.
Just like with those Hollywood action movies, this story wouldn’t be complete without an element of suspense: Are AMD’s Phenom II X6 processors capable of whopping Intel’s similarly priced quad-cores, or even its $1,000 wonder, the Core i7-980X? To find out, you’re going to have to read on.
The big news today is that AMD's new Phenom II X6 processors are now shipping, and if you haven't done so already, read through Gordon's assessment of these low-priced parts right here. If you like what you see, you can head over to Newegg afterward and pick one of the chips up, or if you prefer to roll with a pre-built, CyberPower has already begun equipping its gaming rigs with the new 6-core parts.
CyberPower's Gamer Dragon CrossFire Ultimate and Gamer Ultra CrossFireX Pro are among the higher-end systems that have been upgraded with AMD's Phenom II X6 chips, but true to AMD's budget price points, you can jump on the 6-core bandwagon with a mainstream budget. Other 6-core capable rigs in CyberPower's stable include the entire Gamer Ultra and Gamer Dragon lines, with pricing starting out at just $699. Chew on that for a moment - for less than the cost of Intel's Core i7 980X, you can piece together an entire 6-core system built around AMD's Phenom II platform.
CyberPower says all of its rigs can be "easily factory overclocked," including those built around AMD's 6-core chips. The company is also offering a 5 percent discount up until tomorrow with coupon code INSTANT.