AMD's dual-core 'Kuma' specs listed?
German spies Phenom X2
Quite contrary to rumors AMD scrapped its plans to bring dual-core K10 parts to the market, the chip maker may have already begun selling the line to its partners on the sly.
German tech site Hardware-Infos says its snooped out what appears to be the primary lineup of the processors (codenamed "Kuma") from a listing on the pricing search engine Geizhalz.at.
The original story is available here - although you may want to brush up on your German first.
Here are the specs:
AMD Phenom X2 GE-6600: 2.30GHz, 1MB L2 cache (2x 512 KB), 2MB L3 cache
Phenom X2 GE-6500: 2.1GHz, 1MB L2 cache (2x 512 KB), 2MB L3 cache
Phenom X2 GE-6400: 1.90GHz, 1MB L2 cache (2x 512 KB), 2MB L3 cache
As covered earlier, the chips will be fabbed at 65nm and join the tri-core Phenom X3 and quad-core Phenom X4.
Of course, the details should still be taken with a grain of salt at this point. AMD has previously denied canceling Kuma, and as usual, when we contacted the company, it refused to comment on unannounced silicon.
"We are, of course, planning additional CPU releases later this year, but I can't get into the specific details on those releases ahead of launch," an AMD spokesman said in an e-mail. ®
Slower-speed suggests these are 'failed' parts?
Since these are such low-speed parts, and only dual-core, maybe they're going to be the less-perfect rejects from the X3 and X4 manufacturing runs. Isn't that what ATI did with their 9800 > 9500 GPUs?
I think these chips are energy efficient editions, power draw of 45watts or something....
most the speed increase is from higher fsb and faster ram. equal it off and do a benchmark and see how much increase multicores give, either way. my board is on its last legs and ive become brain dead to most hardware
Nonetheless, given the poor performance of Barcelona chips compared to Nehalem and Penryn, these chips at 1.9 - 2.3 GHz will be less than useless. Considering the highest clocked Phenom goes to 2.6GHz (and beyond with overclocking) its a bit of a mystery why these chips are clocked so low.
Even if they are aimed at a low market segment, it really wont hurt AMD to squeeze a bit of performance out of them. Its only a different multiplier as far as they are concerned, but better performance for the end user. With only 2 cores, its power draw and heat dissipation should be a lot less than Phenom chips.
"""1.90GHz / i`ll stick to my 3000xp"""
Hahah, you still think cpu speed is related to clock speed! Maybe you should look into getting a 3.8 GHz Prescott, I bet they're cheap these days.