AMD to intro 45nm quad-core Phenom this quarter
Moles spill roadmap beans
AMD appears to be staggering its 45nm quad-core desktop processor release schedule. It's preparing to release one this quarter, but the next two won't ship until toward the end of the year - before January 2009, is what the chip maker's said to be telling mobo makers.
First up, there's the successor to the current Phenom X4 9750, a 125W beast that will be superseded later this quarter by a 45nm version of the chip. The new 9750 will only consume 95W. So say said industry sources, cited by a variety of Chinese-language websites.
The current 9750 is clocked at 2.4GHz, and contains 2MB of L2 cache and and 2MB of L3 cache. Its successor is said to contain 6MB of L3 and be clocked in the 2.4-2.7GHz range, which suggests to us it'll have a model number somewhat higher than 9750.
Later in the year, we'll see a 45nm, 95W successor to the 125W 9850, again with three times the L3 cache of the current version. To the new 9850, we can also add a 45nm version of the as-yet-unlaunched 9950, the moles maintain.
AMD's desktop roadmap also calls for the Q3 launch of the tri-core 2.2GHz Phenom X3 8550, filling the empty space between the current 8450 and 8650. Expect to see the arrival of the low-power 8450e, 9150e and 9350e in Q3 too.
These are 65nm parts - 45nm low-power quad-cores, codenamed 'Propus', will apparently debut some time in H1 2009.
Screw L3. What AMD really needs to do is to get the L2 cache up. When AMD can offer a 65nm, AM2 (non server), Dual-Core, 2.8Ghz (Only multiples of 400 Mhz allow DDR2-800 to run at full speed), with at least 1 meg of L2 cache per core that runs at 75W or less, I'll bite. But not until then.
Hector is running this company into the ground. He needs to leave.
AMD is not staggering its releases! AMD is just staggering!
I've got a phenom 9500 and it is a nice chip.
No great shakes at over clocking, but I don't really care: running with an 8800GT video card it played games well. It scaled on a linear 45 degree angle for my threaded C-language projects.
AMD surely screwed up bring the phenom & barcelona to market on time but wth, it's getting its act together.
I'll buy another phenom at 2.8 or 3.0 GHz.
Ouch. Unless they can get that down by a significant amount, I for one won't care about this generation of chips at all.
Looks like once again you'll get far more bang for your buck working on improving your memory or IO performance
Quad core is great!
I am running CentOS and Windows in VMWare. Oh, the Phenom quad core is a quick processor! And no, Robert, the video card, memory, and disk are not bottlenecks. If they are bottlenecks on your home-use system, then I suggest that you upgrade.