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We're only a few weeks away before AMD hits the market with its new crop of six-core processors in the Phenom II X6 family and some U.S. retailers have decided to jump the gun, giving listings for the parts with pricing mentioned.
Pre-orders from one retailer on the 1090T (3.2GHz) model show it with associated pricing of $318, though another reseller has it listed for a fair whack more at $350, but that reseller also has the 1055T listed for $240, too.
The Phenim II X6 series should fare pretty well with there being quite a hole in Intel's lineup here. Yes, it has the mighty i7-980X in its arsenal for super six-core grunt, but at $999 it's hardly an option for the majority of buyers out there.
Meanwhile, AMD will have gives six-core models with much more attractive pricing, not to mention the easier upgrade path for mainstream buyers wanting a multi-processing powerhouse.
In other Atom related news from Intel, the company detailed at its Deveoper Forum in Beijing yesterday more about its plans for 'Tunnel Creek', the codename behind its System-on-Chip (SoC) it's working on for embedded applications such as media phones, printers and in-vehicle infotainment systems.
This piece of silicon will be packed with an Atom processor core, memory controller hub ans also graphics+video engines; it's being positioned to take on SoC solutions based around ARM archecture. Intel are proud to take on this market segment with its SoC solution reducing the bill of materials and saving on board real estate for embedded apps.
For further details on Intel's plans for its first Atom processor based System=on-chip, check out the full announcement over here.
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.
The folks at Tech Report have been able to ascertain that AMD will in fact be incorporating a dynamic clock speed boosting feature into their Six-core Phenom II family of processors which works similarly to Intel's Turbo Boost feature.
AMD calls this Turbo Core technology and it will go into action when it detects that not all of the CPUs cores are fully occupied by raising the clock speeds on active cores well above the default frequency whilst keeping the CPU's thermal limits in check.
As you can see above, Tech Report got hold of a slide from AMD that helps describe the way it works internally and there's a more detailed breakdown on it at the source.
ASUS has just unveiled its first G34 socket motherboard supporting AMD 8 and 12-core Opteron 6100 series processors.
Powered by AMD's SR5690/SP5100 chipset, it has support for four channels of DDR3 memory for each processor (up to sixteen separate modules in total)
and includes ASUS' proprietory PIKE upgrade kit as well as their ASMB4-iKVM module for remote management; handy in the server environment it's destined for.
Looking at the picture above, there appears to be an extensive amount of storage support on this board as well, giving fourteen SATA ports which would allow for up to 28GB of storage before even considering the need for separate PCI-E RAID controllers.
No details on pricing or availability at this point, but you can read more about it within ASUS' official PR here.
AMD is setting up to deliver a couple of new Athlon II X3 CPUs to the market. These will be the Athlon II X3 445 and 450. The 445 will have a clock of 3.1GHz while the 450 will be clocked at a rather nice 3.2GHz. The A II 450 could have a 45nm Rana core with 1.5MB of L2 Cache and a TDP envelope of 95 Watts.
The current top dog Athlon II x3 is sits at right around $90 so we can only hope that these two come in around there and make fitting companions for the 890GX motherboard and perhaps a nice HD5670 or 5830. We should see the new CPUs from AMD sometime next quarter.
Our friend Nicole of Netbooknews has learned today that VIA's next-gen VX900 netbook chipset will be more widely adopted than first thought, making its way into more mainstream netbook models from the likes of Samsung and Lenovo etc.
And what's also particularly nice to hear is that we should be seeing netbook models with this chipset on display by June with VIA in anticipation of picking up some design wins during Computex.
To reflect on a previous report of the VIA VX900 chipset, a video demonstration recorded by Sascha of Netbooknews a few weeks back at VIA's headquarters showed it to be capable of smooth 1080p playback (thanks to the inclusion of a Chromotion HD 2.0 GPU) with comparable battery life to Intel's Atom CPU, unlike AMD Congo based notebooks where battery life is a weak point.
Sascha of Newbooknews has been doing some more digging in regards to the graphics performance capabilities of upcoming ARM Cortex A8 and A9 equipped smartphones, handhelds, tablets and smartbooks and managed to hook up some video recording time at GDC 2010 showing off a touchscreen GUI using the ARM-Mali 200 GPU.
It's very cool to watch and see what this little processor is capable of :-
AMD has been making its Opteron processors for a long time and the server segment is where AMD is most competitive with Intel. AMD has unveiled new Opteron 6000 series processors.
The processor line includes 8 and 12-core processors for high volume 2P and value 4P markets. The new processors will be offered in servers by HP, Dell, Acer, Cray, and SGI. AMD claims that the new servers offer twice the performance of its previous 6-core processors.
AMD specifically claims 88% increase in integer performance and a 119% increase in floating point performance. The processors also use less power than previous generations and are more stable.
News first started to emerge of an upcoming monster 12-core processor from AMD some weeks ago after it was leaked by an online retailer. In fact, AMD today announced its new range of Opteron 6000 processors to the world. You can read that announcement over here at their press release.
The lucky lads over at AnandTech managed to get hold one of these new server based processors from AMD, specifically they got their hands on the Opteron 6174 model. Not only did that get one, but they got two along with the required other hardware to compare this 2.2GHz part against the latest Intel Xeon processors in a dual CPU configuration.
We won't spoil all the results, but as you can see from the highly multi-threaded Cinebench 11.5 rendering test above, the AMD system is able to provide very solid results. This is fantastic news for AMD who has struggled for years now against Intel's strong reign in the processor market space.
Hit the news soruce link below to read the full review!