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Thursday, 01 July 2010 10:30

AMD to continue with Triple cores

Written by Fuad Abazovic

The strategy for 2011
We had a chance to take a look at some of AMD's future plans and we can confirm that the company plans to continue selling Triple cores, at least until some point in 2011.

There are quite a few reasons - in simple sales language, three are better than two. Furthermore, three cores are quite popular for the fact that many motherboards allow you to simply unlock the forth core, which is a nice bonus. Therefore, people are buying three core CPUs and simply unlocking the last disabled core.

Intel doesn’t care about three core CPUs and it stays away from it, but both companies are quite enthusiastic about its six core offer - apparently six cores are ok, despite the fact that you will use all six cores only on extremely rare occasions. Of course we are talking about desktop users as server and workstation guys usually need as many cores as they can get.

The future of CPUs is quite boring to be honest, it's simply "the more the merrier" as 2011 is set to bring many eight cores to the desktop market. The good thing about this is that 2011's eight cores will actually come with more efficient 32nm cores from both camps, AMD and Intel. This might make them more attractive, but four cores should be enough for just about 99 percent of the normal usage.

We cannot confirm that there will be a three core Bulldozer based CPU, but the quad core Bulldozer is in plans, which makes the triple core quite possible and highly likely. It will be a management / sales decision as from technical side, Bulldozer can be a three core, just like any other quad core.

Last modified on Thursday, 01 July 2010 11:43
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+18 #1 anno 2010-07-01 12:42
Faud, as you should know, Bulldozer is all about tightly integrating two cores, to enable a strong performance boost for multithreaded workloads at a small increase in space and power. Since these cores are so tightly integrated, there's no way there will be a triple core Bulldozer. Triple MODULE maybe, but that's a six CORE. AMD was probably talking about Llano, they have a 3 core running already
+3 #2 BernardP 2010-07-01 13:34
...and AMD will have to keep selling Athlon II and Phenom II tri-cores well into 2011, as the transistion to Bulldozer is phased in.
+1 #3 terrace215 2010-07-01 18:54
@bernard Especially as Bulldozer appears to just now have first silicon. Not gonna launch until 2nd half of 2011.
0 #4 BernardP 2010-07-02 02:15
Hmmm... terrace215, anything else you can share with us? 8)

You must have seen that AMD still has the Bulldozer slated for H1 2011
+1 #5 Bl0bb3r 2010-07-02 04:38
On paper, yes... but in-store availability not until H2. Isn't that what counts?
+1 #6 JWellington 2010-07-02 10:10
I can't wait to see how these things fold.

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