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AMD has made another step forward only a short time after releasing its new crop of six-core Phenom II X6 processors. Today brings the introduction of six new processors in its lower end Athlon II line-up.
These new processors are designed to take top spot in each of the Athlon II X2, X3 and X4 families (with their being new top models in their more energy efficient 'e' series as well). Aside from a few other minor tweaks made including the move to a C3 silicon stepping which gives an increase in supported memory speeds, each of these processors gets a minor 100MHz bump in clockspeed over its preceeding top-end chip, pushing the others down a notch with lower pricing. Though, the Athlon II X3 415e gets some special treatment with a 200MHz clock speed jump over the existing Athlon II X3 405e.
A bit of sour news comes with todays launch, however. Recent reports and sightings of a yet to be released Phenom II X4 960T gave much anticipation due to it being based on Thuban, screaming out core unlocking abilities and thus, super duper value. Unfortunately it's been learned that while there has been confirmation of this chip's existence, they were of engineering samples that AMD has no intent to release to market; at least not any time soon.
And here's today's coverage looking at some of these processors in closer detail :-
It's hard for Intel to keep a lid on its new products that are coming to market. There are too many firms and people that know about its parts to keep a tight lid on things. A service manual for the HP Envy 17 has surfaced that points to some new Intel CPUs coming soon.
The new CPUs will find their way into the Envy 17 notebook and include the Core i5-450M at 2.4GHz and consuming 35W of power. A pair of new quad-core parts will also be unveiled called the Core i7-740QM at 1.73GHz and the i7-840QM at 1.86 GHz.
Both of those quad core offerings eat 45W of power. There are some other rumored chips coming soon as well from Intel including the Core i5-530M/550M and a new Core i7-940XM extreme quad-core offering.
Things are starting to look up for AMD. The company has launched its first 6-core processor and it has been well received by consumers on a budget. AMD is also set to cram its processors inside more notebooks than ever this summer.
Reuters reports that AMD is set to make its largest foray into the notebook market ever with a new line of CPUs set to debut next week. The new CPUs are expected to be in about 109 mainstream notebooks this year.
Last year AMD processors were only in 40 different laptop models. The much higher availability of notebooks with AMD parts should mean a good increase in sales as AMD struggles to fight Intel in the market.
Say liquid cooling to an enthusiast and we tend to think of huge radiators attached with big bore tubing to copper water blocks to allow the most overclocking from a CPU or video card. There is a line of water cooling gear for the more casual user as well looking for something with good cooling that takes up less space than enthusiast systems.
One such liquid cooling system is from CoolIT and is called the ECO ALC. The ECO ALC system has been around for a while now and is compatible with a number of CPUs and mainboards.
CoolIT announced this week that the ECO ALC supports the new AMD Phenom II X6 CPU as well. This new 6-core CPU is very popular thanks to its low price and good performance. The ECO ALC system can be purchased now for under $75 on Newegg.
The AMD Phenom II X6 6-core processor is now official and there are many computers being offered that use the processor. CyberPower has announced a full range of gaming machines that take advantage of the new low cost 6-core CPU from AMD.
The high-end computers in the range include the CyberPower Gamer Dragon CrossFire Ultimate and the Gamer Ultra CrossFireX Pro gaming desktops are the high-end systems. The new AMD processor is also being offered in lower end machines with prices starting as cheap as $699.
The new CPU is being paired with mainboards that use the new AMD 890FX chipset. Buyers can choose boards using the new chipset from brands including Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI. You can count on fully loaded machines selling for much more than the $699 starting price.
We were first hinted on a shortage of Core mobile CPUs from Intel last month and it doesn't look like it's going to get better anytime soon.
According to a fresh report over at PCWorld, available 32nm Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 notebook processors for partners are lessening and it's apparently causing some laptop makers to postpone launches by up to three months or more.
Another downside to the shortage is cost. A bidding war has been triggered for these parts out of desperation which has shown price hikes of as much as 20%, which of course will be pushed onto the consumer.
As a result, it opens the doors wider for AMD to gain some more market share in what is one of the fastest growing segments in the PC industry.
It's a big day for AMD today as they officially launch their latest and greatest desktop parts to market; the highly anticipated Phenom II X6 (six-core Thuban) processor range and a co-inciding chipset refresh in the form of the 890FX.
The highlight of Phenom II X6 isn't so much the fact it comes packed with six physical cores inside, rather how much (or little, I should say) you pay to get hold of this six-core grunt.
While Phenom II X6 was never expected to overtake Intel's new six-core monster (the Core i7-980X) in the performance catagory, it does when looking at the range from a value perspective. The top dog 1090T (3.2GHz) model that we reviewed in full today can be had for less than a third of what you'll pay for Intel's six-core chip at around $300.
890FX boards have been leaking out for a short while already. While Phenom II X6 is backward compatible with the AM2+/DDR2 platform as well as older AM3 chipsets, 890FX brings a nice refreshment in the top-end segment that takes over where the well regarded 790FX chipset leaves off and would be the ideal partner for your new Thuban six-core chip. We will have our first full 890FX chipset review online shortly which will outline new technologies and feature-sets this chipset brings with it.
In the meantime, you can check out a bunch of coverage on the new Phenom II X6 processor family via the below links :-
- Hot Hardware
- Hardware Heaven
- PC Perspective
- Hardware Secrets
- Overclockers Club
- Toms Hardware
- Legit Reviews
- Hardware Canucks (890FX Chipset)
- Hardware Canucks (X6 CPU)
- Lost Circuits
- Hi Tech Legion
- Benchmark Reviews
In the CPU wars one of the things that gets thrown back and forth is how much power the CPU uses. IN some cases we see high numbers that are excused by high performance while other times a lower performing CPU might be labeled "efficient".
With all of this going back and forth it is interesting to note that Intel's Sandy Bridge could see a rather impressive 25% reduction in power over Intel's current Core i7 usage. This number is very surprising given some of the TDPs we have seen in the not too distant past. A 25% reduction is even more impressive when you consider that Nehalem, Lynnfield and Clarkdale are already fairly efficient in their own rights.
VIA is excited to have announced today its new Nano E-series processors targeted for use in embedded applications.
Features wise, the most noteable additions to this new family of Nano chips includes native 64-bit support and virtualization technologies. Full highlights include :-
World's most power-efficient out-of-order x86 architecture
Full support for 64-bit operating systems
High-performance superscalar processing
Most efficient speculative floating point algorithm
Full CPU virtualization support
Advanced power and thermal management
Leading-edge hardware security features
Pin-to-pin compatibility with VIA Nano, VIA C7 and VIA Eden Processors
DDR2 and DDR3 memory support
The Nano E series processors are fully compatible with VIA's VIA VX800 and VIA VX855 chipsets as well as the forthcoming VIA VX900 and VIA VN1000 digital media chipsets that provide hardware acceleration for demanding HD video codecs.
The new family of Nano E series processors are available in speeds from 800MHz through 1.8GHz. Full details can be found in the press release here.
AMD has been talking up its new CPU/GPU hybrid chip since February that is called Llano. The new processor would put the graphics right on the CPU for performance and less space.
AMD CEO Dirk Meyer talked at the AMD earnings call about Llano a bit. Meyer reportedly said Llano would see volume production in the latter half of 2010.
Meyer also stated that Llano is already sampling to select customers. Apple is also rumored to be one of these select customers, which dovetails nicely with the rumors that Apple is looking at AMD processors.