AMD rolls out line-leading four-core Phenom
And an energy-efficient quad-core CPU pair too
AMD has launched a trio of quad-core Phenom X4 processors today, including a new top-of-the-line part, the 2.6GHz 9950.
The other two are lesser parts, but AMD's pitching their "energy efficiency", particularly when lined up against Intel quad-core CPUs.
The 9150e and 9350e are clocked, respectively, at 1.8GHz and 2.0GHz. AMD said they draw no more than 65W - less than the 95W that the Core 2 Quad line members each consume.
That said, the 9950 consumes a whopping 140W, which is more than even the top-of-the-range 2.83GHz Core 2 Quad Q9550.
AMD is pricing the 9150e at $175 and the 9350e at $195 - when sold in batches of 1000 processors - and was quick to point out that Intel doesn't have a quad-core that costs less than $200.
Joining the two new AMD CPUs si the $235 9950. All three are fabbed at 65nm and contain 2MB of shared L3 cache and 512KB of L2 per core. They can connect directly to DDR 2 memory clocked at up to 1066MHz.
AMD Phenom X3 and X4
Except Intel isn't sleeping like the Hare was. He's still racing on and will probably jump into his 32nm rabbit hole soon.
Ah, mixed metaphors are great!
Anyway, lets hope AMD just jumps straight to 32nm next time! Massive speed/power gain and far smaller processors.
Who knows, within 5 years we could have mobile-ITX sized boards running quad-cores!
Actually, Intel will just nab AMD's method of doing it faster and overtake them once again. That's the thing about overtaking someone- unless they do it really quickly you get a good long view of how they're doing it!
Comparing apples with apples?
"AMD is pricing the 9150e at $175 and the 9350e at $195 - when sold in batches of 1000 processors - and was quick to point out that Intel doesn't have a quad-core that costs less than $200."
Is AMD comparing a batch of 1000 Intel CPUs with a batch of 1000 AMD CPUs or simply 1 off-the-shelf Intel CPU with a batch of 1000 AMD CPUs?
Paris Hilton - because she's easy to confuse
The tortoise and the hare?
Interesting to note that AMD is doing with 65nm technology, what Intel need 45nm to accomplish. Which means that when AMD are able to process-shrink, theirs should benefit from a 40% speed gain, and Intel will only keep their lead if they're ready with a 32 nm process or a new architecture.
I just hope AMD don't run out of money before they get to 45nm.