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AMD readies a triple-core desktop Llano, early tests leaked

By Jos
Jul 13, 2011
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  1. AMD is reportedly getting ready to add a triple-core variant to its A-Series processor lineup. The chip will be sold under the A6-3500 moniker and it is essentially the sameā€¦

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  2. I don't know, I think they should shift their focus on designing cpu that solves overheating problem
  3. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,305   +265

    Here they go again. I can't figure out what AMD's fascination with triple core is.
  4. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Rookie Posts: 313

    Leave triple core cpus to IBM for fail box 360.
  5. Xero07

    Xero07 TS Rookie Posts: 93

    They exist to increase yields. If only one core doesnt match standards on a quadcore part just make it a triple core or if there is an excess supply of quadcore parts and not enough lower price range parts, make it a triple or dual core. I don't see why anyone would have a problem with more options that take little effort to produce.
  6. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,305   +265

    I understand why triple cores exist (to increase yields) but didn't they do so poorly in the past that it's hardly worth the expense of marketing/packaging them at all?
  7. Well, they are a middle option if you want performance and cost.
  8. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,894   +88

    Hey Papa,
    i had read in several places that the triple cores did very well in sales. The x3 7xx line and the X3 4xxx particularly. The x3 720 for an example was a nice alternative to the likes of the E8400. I think the attraction was the extra umph for multi tasking. and some of them would unlock to a quad. Thats what I read anyway, so get the salt shaker out :)
  9. yRaz

    yRaz TS Booster Posts: 903   +93

    I have the PII X3 720 BE and I've overclocked it to 4.1ghz(just for fun, 24/7 OC is at 3.5), the 4th core wont unlock though. However, I think it makes more sense to pay a couple bucks for some packaging and take a hit on the money you make than to have a quad core that wont sell at all. IIRC, AMD only makes the quad cores and cuts them/disables them to turn them into the lower end parts. It's been a while since I've heard exactly what, how, and why they produce what they do but I'm certain it's something along those lines.

    If I'm wrong someone correct me because now I'm curious....
  10. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,065   +704

    I'd buy a triple core processor. I have a quad and I don't think I do anything that ever uses 4 cores. I'd be interested in some piece of software that could record my usage patterns and tell me I've ever benefiting from it. I can see 4 cores being used at 15% each sometimes, but I don't see how that benefits me more than a dual @ 30% each.


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