AMD readies new six-core processor for late Q3

By on July 8, 2010, 1:52 PM
AMD is reportedly getting ready to launch its fourth hexacore desktop processor to the market. Although the existing Phenom II X6 1090T should remain its fastest Phenom II X6 offering until "at least" early 2011, word is that a new low-end model is set to arrive late this quarter. The 1045T will come clocked at 2.7GHz, 100MHz faster than the 1035T, featuring the same Thuban-based 45nm design and an optimized TDP rating of 95W (the six-core family originally debuted with 125W TDPs).

The new six-core part will be able to go as high as 3.2GHz when its Turbo Core dynamic overclocking technology kicks in. Otherwise, specs should look familiar to those of its predecessors with support for DDR3-1333 memory and a total 9MB of cache. As The Tech Report points out, the 2.6GHz Phenom II X6 1035T is currently confined to pre-built PCs from the likes of HP and Gateway. It's unclear if the 1045T will suffer the same fate or if it will be sold separately at retail.

As you might expect there was no mention of pricing. Currently, the top of the line 3.2GHz AMD Phenom II X6 1090T is available for just under $300 at Newegg while the 2.8GHz 1055T can be had for $200.

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Guest said:

Sounds good to me, lower power consumption and retain speed if not higher.

However, I wonder if it competible to old AM2 motherboard and chips.

j4m32 said:

Answer: No, not AM2. You would probably still be pushing it with AM2+ as well - but I don't know enough off the top of my head - I think most AM2+ boards do not have the right pin configuration, nor the power to supply much more than 95 watts.

It also depends if they still have the DDR2 memory controller too, because I assume they will have phased out in favour of DDR3.

Lower TDP is kind of nice, since 125 does get a little toasty with energy hungry CPU's but it also saves on the heating in winter... :P


EXCellR8 EXCellR8, The Conservative, said:

aren't they prepping a new socket type? if so i would think new 6-cores would be built around that...

Guest said:

so far as the new socket-type (FM1) AMD will be releasing, it is for AMD's upcoming Lynx-based Llano APU - the 32nm CPU + GPU Fusion project and may not be backward compatible to AM3 CPUs that we currently have. Llano will be a dual or quad-core part with support for DDR3 1600MHz memory, and it'll have a DirectX 11 graphics chip built-in.

the-soon-to-be-released 1045T is just a slower iteration of the 1090T and might be plugged-in to an AM3 or an AM2+ board depending on the max TDP it could handle.

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