AMD Phenom II available to distributors next week

By on December 23, 2008, 3:15 PM
AMD is not expected to launch its Phenom II processor until CES 2009 next month, but the Deneb-based chip will be available to distributors before the end of the year. Specifically, according to a report from Fudzilla, distributors will receive the Phenom II 940 at 3GHz and Phenom II 920 at 2.8GHz starting next week.

Almost immediately following their official launch in January, the new processors will become available for purchase and should be compatible with AMD’s older AM2+ motherboards, a move meant to help their adoption on the market. Chips supporting DDR3 memory and AM3 motherboards will arrive roughly a month after the initial launch and are expected to maintain compatibility with AM2+ boards as well.

Whether this new generation of AMD chips will help the company regain some of its popularity in the desktop field remains to be seen. Few details in terms of performance have surfaced to date, though interestingly a thread over at HardOCP forums seems to indicate that at least one lucky gamer was able to snag an AMD Phenom II 940 processor ahead of its release. Check out some early benchmarks and his general impressions here.

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captain828 said:
Phenom II 920, 940; Core i7 920, 940 general consumers won't find it easy to understand the differences will wait for some real benchmarks
fullmetalvegan said:
What's with calling them the same thing? =S
howzz1854 said:
the overclocking potential looks very, in fact extremely promising, however, it's too little too late to compete head on with Intel's current offer. Phenom II's FPU performance number is just sad! even when it's clocked at over 4ghz. other than the previous clock speed limitation posed by the 65nm process that AMD now have managed to get pass, there's nothing ground breaking about the Phenom II other than the die shrink. (which again allows them to by pass the clock limitation). i7 may not be an ground breaking upgrade also, but the command queing and FPU of the Core architecture, which serves the foundation for the i7, is just way more advanced than what the AMD's current line up. AMD need to lower the price of Phenom II by a great margin to remain in the market.
supersmashbrada said:
Looks like amd is trying to steal cpu purchases by naming their product similarly? Sad amd has stooped this low.
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