With the date drawing closer we new get a first look at the packaging for AMD's Phenom II X6 (six-core) processor range thanks to the folks at EXPreview coming through with the goods.
One aforementioned new feature apart from the additional cores packed in that makes this series of processors attractive (apart from the sub $300 pricing), is that of AMD's new Turbo Core technology.
We first heard about this new form of automatic overclocking technology a couple weeks back. In basic terms it allows the processor to enter a "Boost state" when it detects low multi-thread performance, shutting down three of the six cores and giving the remaining three a peformance jump of up to 500MHz higher than the stock clock rate, thus improving overall performance substantially in situations where the extra raw MHz is going to be harnessed better than additional cores.
The lads at Techpowerup have gotten hold of some more slides that help detail the way it works :-
Turbo Core technology will also be implemented into AMD's upcoming quad-core processor lineup, the Phenom II X4 900T (Zosma) range.