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Review The first two models of AMD’s Phenom II processor showed that the move from 65nm to 45nm was thoroughly good news. It reduced power draw and waste heat while allowing AMD to increase clock speeds, which is very jubbly indeed.

Now it’s time for the other half of the story, as AMD unveils Socket AM3 with its support for 1333MHz DDR3 system memory.

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AMD's Phenom II: now with DDR 3 support

AMD has launched five new models of Socket AM3 Phenom II, with three models in both retail and tray packaging, and two models that are only available in trays for system builders. The retail parts are:

  • AMD Phenom II X4 810 (2.6GHz, quad core, 4MB L3)
    Available in PIB at AMD's suggested 1KU price of $175 each (£160 retail)
  • AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition (2.8GHz, triple core, 6MB L3)
    Available in PIB at AMD's suggested 1KU price of $145 each (£131 retail)
  • AMD Phenom II X3 710 (2.6GHz, triple core, 6MB L3)
    Available in PIB at AMD's suggested 1KU price of $125 each (£113 retail)

While the two tray parts are:

  • AMD Phenom II X4 910 (2.6GHz, quad core, 6MB L3)
  • AMD Phenom II X4 805 (2.5GHz, quad core, 4MB L3)

Because these are tray parts we do not have prices. But here are AMD's official specs for the parts:

Model Number Frequency L3 Cache Size Nominal Voltage OPN(s)
X4 810 2.6GHz 4MB 0.875-1.425V Tray: HDX810WFK4FGI
PIB: HDX810WFGIBOX
X3 720 BE 2.8GHz 6MB 0.850-1.425V Tray: HDZ720WFK3DGI
PIB: HDZ720WFGIBOX
X3 710 2.6GHz 6MB 0.875-1.425V Tray: HDX710WFK3DGI
PIB: HDX710WFGIBOX
X4 910 2.6GHz 6MB 0.875-1.425V Tray:  HDX910WFK4DGI
X4 805 2.5GHz 4MB 0.875-1.425V Tray:  HDX805WFK4FGI

Common AM3 Processor Specifications
L1 Cache Sizes 64KB of instruction and 64KB of data cache per core (512KB total L1 per processor)
L2 Cache Sizes 512KB of data cache per core (2MB total L2 per processor for X4s, 1.5MB total L2 per processor for X3s)
Memory Controller Type Integrated 128-bit wide memory controller
Memory Controller Speed Up to 2.0GHz with Dual Dynamic Power Management
Types of Memory Supported Support for unregistered DIMMs up to PC2 8500 (DDR 2 1066MHz) and PC3 (DDR3 1333MHz)
HyperTransport 3.0 Link: One 16-bit/16-bit link @ up to 4.0GHz full duplex (2.0GHz x2)
Total Processor Bandwidth Up to 33.1GB/s total bandwidth
Packaging Socket AM3 938-pin organic micro pin grid array (micro-PGA)
Process Technology 45nm DSL SOI (silicon-on-insulator) technology
Approximate Transistor count 758 million
Approximate Die Size 258mm²
Max Ambient Case Temp - X4 CPUs 71° C
Max Ambient Case Temp - X3 CPUs 73° C
Max TDP 95W

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