Monday, February 9, 2009
Phenom II X3 & X4 Socket AM3
AMD extended the value and lifespan of its Dragon platform technology today with five new additions to its AMD Phenom™ II processor family, including the industry’s only 45nm triple-core processors and three new AMD Phenom II quad-core processors. These AMD Phenom II processors deliver choice and lay the foundation for memory transition; they fit in either AM2+ or AM3 sockets and support DDR2 or next generation DDR3 memory technology.
The new triple-core (Heka) and quad-core (Deneb) AMD Phenom II processors are available immediately at the following frequencies:
AMD Phenom™ II X4 910 - (2.6GHz)
AMD Phenom™ II X4 810 - (2.6GHz)
AMD Phenom™ II X4 805 - (2.5GHz)
AMD Phenom™ II X3 720 Black Edition - (2.8GHz)
AMD Phenom™ II X3 710 - (2.6GHz)
The triple-core AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition processor is competitively priced at $145 while the Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 processor is priced at $165; the AMD processor allows users to get more cores for less money. The quad-core AMD Phenom II X4 810 processor (2.6GHz) is priced at $175 compared to the Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 processor (2.33GHz) at $170. Phenom II X3 710 at $125, all in one thousand units and the X4 910 and 805 available for tray only.
When AMD started moving over to a new processor socket form-factor, they also decided to give their solutions more competitive TDP. All new processors launching today have 95W TDP instead of 125W TDP as the top Phenom II models.
Today’s addition to the Phenom II model lineup finally explains the whole idea behind AMD’s processor ratings. The rating series stand for the major CPU specifications. And if we add here everything we know about the upcoming 45nm processors, we will get a very logical succession:
900 series: quad-core processors with 6MB L3 cache
800 series: quad-core processors with 4MB L3 cache
700 series: triple-core processors with 6MB L3 cache
600 series: quad-core processors without L3 cache
400 series: triple-core processors without L3 cache
200 series: dual-core processors
DDR3/AM3 boards are almost done, the hard part of the transition is the memory controller, and that is already done in the CPU. We are being told that the BIOSes, however, still need quite a bit of testing before they are ready for public consumption. The DDR3 boards are a few weeks out, and shouldn't be all that expensive when they hit the market.