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Friday, 05 November 2010 11:42

AMD readies faster Thubans

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3.6GHz Deneb coming, too
AMD is planning to introduce new flagship six-core and quad-core processors over the coming weeks.

The Thuban portfolio will be expanded by the fastest AMD six-core to date, the 3.3GHz Phenom II X6 1100T. Unsurprisingly, the 1100T has a 125W TDP and with Turbo Core overclocking it will happily run at 3.7GHz, which is quite impressive. Power-conscious consumers will also get something new, the 1065T with a 95W TDP rating. It is clocked at 2.9GHz, or 3.4GHz with Turbo Core.

Interestingly, 1090T prices have come down by around 10 percent in recent days, which might imply that the 1100T is just around the corner and that it will retail under $300.

In addition to the new Thubans, AMD will also introduce the fastest Deneb yet. The Phenom II X4 975 is clocked at 3.6GHz, making it the highest clocked quad-core desktop CPU on the market.

More here. (German)
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+5 #1 Jaberwocky 2010-11-05 11:54
Not sure who they are aiming this chip at.Currently the unlocked 1090T can achieve 4GHz at a lower price point.Anyone who needs 6 cores has probably already bought the 1090T or the cheaper 1055T already.
+23 #2 BernardP 2010-11-05 12:10
Jaberwocky is right, but AMD is already selling the Phenoms X4 955 BE, 965 BE and 970 BE. The new 975 will certainly be a BE.

So why pay more for an unlocked CPU to get a higher stock clock?

I'm anxious to see if AMD will finally release the 3.2 Ghz/95W version of the Phenom II X4,
+36 #3 blandead 2010-11-05 13:19
who cares the good part is 50$ less across lineup on all thuban cores check prices on newegg they are great.
+13 #4 comfynumb 2010-11-05 14:16
I am all set with my 955 BE.... So I dont care what amd does till they release something new... aka. bulldozer!!!! Sick of all these refreshes. Can not wait for the new architecture!!
+13 #5 yourma2000 2010-11-05 14:16
They may aswell release the 4Ghz model and get it over and done with
-33 #6 milkod2001 2010-11-05 14:21
nothing exciting here :lol: , current AMD cpu line is not very impressive :(
Even my ancient Q6600 holds pretty well against AMD offers.

Just hope upcoming Bulldozer based CPUs will bring something more then being cheap :( . Any news when they'll be released?
+5 #7 East17 2010-11-05 15:01
Good for them but I really think that they should have released a Quad CORE version @ 4 GHz by now no matter if that would have been only cherry-picked CPUs with availability in the hundreds. It would have been a good shot for AMD's image. The fastest Quad on the market being really FAST. Remember that there are still many idiots around that judge a CPU by its frequency. And 6 CORE CPUs with TURBO @ 4 GHz would have also been a good marketing plot, no matter if that would have to get 140W. Remember that nVIDIA even showed a plastic mockup and they weren't ashamed of it because they knew that even if they convince a few thousand buyers to wait for them, the plastic mockup was a good strategy.
+12 #8 Memristor 2010-11-05 15:11
One more to add to above list is the Phenom II X2 565 3.4GHz 80W TDP. Not as exiting but it's priced around $100 and offers the same 6MB L3 Cache.
+9 #9 arclight 2010-11-05 18:07
If this was released back when Intel was releasing the Penryn quads then it would have been awesome. But now after Intel released Nehalem, Westmere and now prepares to launch Sandy Bridge, spending money on AMD's flagship seems like a bad investment. Still they have some good priced quads, tricores and dual cores. Disclaimer: I am not an Intel fanboy, on my next build i will use a Phenom II x4 945 which is just a few bucks more then a Corei3 540.
+2 #10 anno 2010-11-05 19:37
Quoting milkod2001:
Even my ancient Q6600 holds pretty well against AMD offers.

Just hope upcoming Bulldozer based CPUs will bring something more then being cheap :( . Any news when they'll be released?

Thubans are of course especially suited for multithreaded apps. You can see it running circles around the Q6600 in such cases, for probably about the same money. Indeed, if you only use a few threads, the Q6600 may work out better.

Don't expect this to change too much when Bulldozer arrives (compared to Sandy Bridge), that too will probably love multithreaded apps, depending on how good AMD's turbo turns out to be. The official word on its arrival is still "2011", but expect a little more detail regarding that at Analyst Day, November 9.

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