AMD updates Phenom timetable
How is AMD's Phenom processor roll-out shaping up? According to the latest roadmap leak, expect three of the CPUs to appear this year, all of them in the 9000 series. Gamer-oriented FX parts won't debut until next year.
According to data compiled by VR-Zone, the 2.2GHz Phenom 9500 and the 2.4GHz Phenom 9600 will be launched in November, with the 2.6GHz 9700 following a month later. All three contain four 512KB L2 caches, one per core, and 2MB of L3 cached shared among all the cores. They all support 800MHz DDR 2 memory.
The lower end chips will consume up to 89W, the report reasonably reckons, and sit on 3.6GHz HyperTransport 3.0 buses via the Socket AM2+ interconnect. The 9700 ups the bus frequency to 4GHz, but its TDP comes to 125W.
Further 9000 series CPUs are roadmapped for a Q2 2008 launch, but the first Phenom FX part, the FX-82, will have already appeared by then, in Q1. Like the 9700, the FX-82 will sit on a Socket AM2+ connector and a HyperTransport bus running at 4GHz. It too will contain 2MB of L3 and 512KB of L2 for each of its four cores. Its clock speed has yet to be set, but it'll apparently be at least 2.6GHz. There's no word yet on TDP, but it's likely to be at least 125W.
We'd add AMD's upcoming three-core Phenoms to the list too, which the chip maker has already said will debut in Q1 2008. These are believed to be four-core parts with one core that's failed to make the grade, allowing AMD to offer them with a lower core quotient.
Re: Is This The Answer To Intel
Maybe? Could be? Should be? It probably won't be? If AMD would just get it together and make product(s) that blows "The Other Chip-Making Guy" out of the sky will is when the comparisons can stop. I'm tired of it all... Come on AMD and get it together for ONCE will you?
re: is this the answer to intel
thanks EL i get it now because i am still i big fan of AMD hope this will mean that my next upgrade will do well as i hope it will.
re: is this the answer to intel
It could be, for a while at least, if they can get both the X4 9500 & X4 9600 prices under that of the Intel Q6600 (circa. £185). No doubt, Intel will counter with a price drop for the Q6600, anyway. I think the X2 6400 is about £160 at the moment; this'd be a price point for AMD to intro the 9500, to get my AM2 boards rapidly upgraded to quad cores. Maybe the 9600 at a similar price to the Q6600 is at present? I'd probably go straight for the 9600 if the price difference isn't too big (unlike with the X2 6000 vs. X2 6400 at nearly 50% more, at present). Though, the X2 6400 intro'ed at about £220, if I remember correctly. If this price, or higher, is held for the new 9600 part, then it'd certainly slow my multiple purchase.
@ @What's a core amongst friends
.....Are you kidding? Did you just miss the last paragraphs mentioning tricores, or did you think that you could trick us into believing it doesn't exist?
@What's a core amongst friends
You can sure as heck bet a good chunk of the overclocking community will make short work of getting that fourth core to do what they want :) 3.75 maybe. Perhaps thats the future of overclocking. Not how fast your clock speeds go, but how many failed cores you can recover.
is this the answer to intell
I wonder if this will be good enough to put it back on the top of the list above intell again