All good things come to an end, and for AMD fans, the end is nigh for the Sunnyvale chip designer's 45nm SOI (Silicon On Insulator) processors, which will have reached end of life (EOL) status by December 2012. Among the list of soon-to-be deceased chips are five Phenom II processors, including two quad-core X4 CPUs and half a dozen dual-core X2 parts. A moment of silence is in order.
After launching a pair of new FX Series processors yesterday -- FX-4170 and FX-6200 -- AMD decided to take a battleaxe to its processor price list and give it a hefty swing. The bulk of the blade landed on the chip maker's Phenom II CPU section, though a couple of FX Series processors also sustained pricing related injuries from AMD's attack. Several of the price kits crept into double digit percentages, none larger than the Phenom II X4 965, which was reduced by 14.8 percent.
AMD fans planning a holiday upgrade have a couple of new processors to choose from, including new six-core and dual-core Phenom II chips, DigiTimes says.
On the hexacore front, AMD announced its Phenom II X6 1100T processor, which takes its place as AMD's new flagship desktop chip. This one comes clocked at 3.3GHz, or 3.7GHz via Turbo Core and includes 6MB of L3 cache and a 125W TDP.
AMD also announced its Phenom II X2 565 Black Edition, a dual-core CPU with an unlocked multiplier. This one sports a 3.4GHz clockspeed and 1MB of L3 cache.
There aren't many vendors yet listing the new parts, but of those that are, street pricing is around $135 for the Phenom II X2 565 BE and $305 for the Phenom II X6 1100T.
Don't ever let it be said that the folks at Corsair doesn't encourage overclocking. If they did, they'd be hypocrites because they've gone and set another world overclocking record, this time for the highest dual-channel memory frequency on an AMD system.
The setup consisted of an AMD Phenom II X6 Black Edition processor, Asus Crosshair IV Formula motherboard, Nvidia GeForce 6600GT, and several Corsair-branded components, including a Hydro Series H50 CPU cooler, Nova Series V64 SSD, Professional Series 850HX power supply, and 4GB (2x2GB) of Dominator GTX4 memory.
"The new Phenom II X6 CPUs offer a quantum leap in overclockability for the AMD platform," stated Jim Carlton, VP of Marketing at Corsair. "The combination of the new CPU core and Corsair's most aggressively sorted DIMMs resulted in some truly amazing memory performance."
More specifically, Corsair was able to push the RAM to 2287.6MHz at CAS 9 "after spending several hours of testing timings, sub timings, voltages, multiple processors, and various frequencies." And as for the processor? The Phenom chip was cruising along at 3717.49MHz.
If you're wanting to jump on the 6-core bandwagon without spending upwards of $1,000, the wait is almost over, folks. Next Tuesday, April 27, AMD is scheduled to release its Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition clocked at 3.2GHz, as well as a handful of other six-core processors.
AMD might have wanted to wait a little longer, but a few retailers outside of the U.S. have already listed the chips for sale, so there wouldn't be much point in holding out much longer. And the time is ripe to go up against Intel anyway, whose only six-core chip is the ultra-pricey Core i7 980X.
Look for AMD to come out swinging with at least four different six-core CPUs next Tuesday, some of which are expected to debut with a 95W TDP. The slowest of these will come clocked at 2.6GHz.
Anyone planning on picking one of these up next week? How much would you be willing to spend on a six-core processor? Are we at a point where we need six cores of processing power? Hit the jump and sound off!
AMD’s upcoming Phenom II X6 will include a “Turbo Core” feature that clocks up three of the chips cores by 500MHz, the company confirmed.
Seeking to “clear the air” on, umm, a phenomenal amount of leaks about its new hexa-core design, AMD officials detailed the most head-turning feature: Turbo Core.
When the CPU is under lightly-threaded tasks, the chip will run three of the cores 500MHz faster. Turbo Core is in response to the lack of applications that are optimized for quad core or higher. Turbo Core will keep the thermals and power consumption within the limits for the chip. The feature is baked into the new hexa-core Phenom II X6 and is independent of any app or OS.
Nehalem for everyone! That simple sentence best explains Intel’s brand-new series of CPUs, which is sure to please budget users everywhere while confounding power users.
Why would a new CPU that gives you the best bang for the buck in town be greeted nervously? Because Intel’s new CPU brings with it a new socket as well as a new infrastructure. This new infrastructure is essentially a fork in the road that forces users to make a difficult choice: Save money today but get locked out of the high-end, or splurge today knowing that the budget CPU is damn near as good as the top-end part.
For the details on Intel’s new budget monster, savor our full report, consume the specs, and then digest the benchmarks to see just which path your next PC should take.
AMD today adds to its Phenom processor line with a new flagship part, the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition. The new chip updates the company's Dragon platform, which combines a Phenom II CPU with an ATI Radeon 4870/4890 graphics card and 790GX-based motherboard.
We're told the silicon in the X4 965 BE is unchanged from the X4 955 BE, so you're essentially looking at a clockspeed bump with a slightly higher TDP. Specifically, the 45nm chip comes clocked at 3.4GHz and contains 6MB of L3 cache, and 8MB of total cache (2MB total L2 per processor). And because it's a 'Black Edition' part, the new CPU is unlocked.
AMD also tells us that its own internal testing has shown the X4 965 BE to be a better overclocker than the previous 955, which isn't always the case when releasing a faster-clocked processor built on the same architecture. We currently have one of these chips in our Lab, so look for our own performance impression in the very near future.
Best of all for the AMD faithful, AMD has set an MSRP of $245 for the 965, the same official MSRP the 955 previously held..
Who says AMD moves too slowly? Just a month after releasing its well regarded Phenom II mid-range CPUs, the company is back with no fewer than five new P-II chips and its new AM3 socket that support DDR3.
War. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing. Well, except when it’s a CPU war. In that case, it’s good for consumers. Really good for us. With the unveiling of five new AMD’s latest Phenom II CPUs supporting DDR3, it’s pretty clear that the CPU war that started with the unveiling of the Phenom II in January is escalating.
AMD’s new lineup includes the 2.6GHz Phenom II X4 for $175, the 2.8GHz Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition at $145, and the 2.6GHz Phenom II X3 710 for $125. AMD’s two other new chips: the 2.6GHz Phenom II X4 910 and the 2.5GHz Phenom II X4 805. The 910 and 805 are OEM only CPUs and pricing was not released but you can expect that gray-markets will carry them and that the prices will follow the numbers. The 805, for example, should be slightly cheaper than the $175 810 and the 910 should be cheaper than the $195 Phenom II X4 920.
Lost in the numbers? So where we. AMD’s lineup is so bewildering to us today that we had build a spread sheet just to sort it out! We give you the skinny on AMD’s latest quad and tri-cores and help you sort through AMD’s bewildering array of CPU choices.
It’s no secret that we here at Maximum PC are fans of Intel’s new Core i7. In fact, Intel has held a place of distinction in our best of the best round up pretty consistently now ever since Athelon’s day came and went several years ago. Despite this fact, we are pretty fickle with our affections, and are all secretly still rooting for the underdog. We are also the first to admit that we are glad AMD is still around to keep Intel on its toes. Though both Phenom & Phenom II failed to set the world on fire, we were all pretty impressed when we discovered how much overclocking headroom we received as a result of the die shrink. We were even more excited when we saw the videos of AMD pushing the new CPU past 6.5Ghz, setting a new record in terms of clock speed.
Intel however, never wanting to concede its speed crown, was quick to go on the attack. In an email exchange with TGDaily, an Intel employee pointed out that the AMD 3DMark score of 45,474 submitted on January 12th 2009 was actually 1,170 points lower than a Core i7 score turned in by Intel just 8 days earlier. He also stated that the AMD results were achieved with unapproved drivers, and curiously were only run when the clock speed was at 4.481 Ghz. So as for who holds the 3DMark speed crown, I guess it all depends on who you ask.
It’s good to know that even if Phenom II didn’t quite bring them up to where they need to be, at least they have Intel taking notice of them again. And I for one can’t wait until I see the portable liquid helium cooling system that lets me duplicate these AMD scores at home! They are working on that right?