AMD Phenom II X6 processors specs and pricing revealed

By Jos · 32 replies
Mar 22, 2010
  1. Specifications for AMD's six-core desktop processors, codenamed 'Thuban', have seemingly been confirmed by Gigabyte a month before their expected release. The Taiwanese manufacturer temporarily updated its CPU Support List with two new additions -- the 2.6GHz Phenom II X6 1035T and 2.8GHz Phenom II X6 1055T.

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  2. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Posts: 412

    Whoaaa, less than 300 bucks for a six core? AMD might have my attention now..
  3. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    And it has 1/3 the cache. It's really sad how AMD's 6 core cpu's will compete with intels midrange quad cores and the higher end I7-930. Anyone who needs the power of 6 cores will go with a high end part AKA intel westmere. Someone at AMD isn't thinking.
  4. bigclick

    bigclick TS Rookie Posts: 49

    AMD markets a good product. I'm fairly sure they can sell these even with 1/3 the cache.
  5. AMD is catching up to Intel. Expected. From the 3 major chip rival Intel is the worst innovation wise. Nvidia is at the top with AMD tailing but Intel is struggling with all that money.Epic fail

    Now it would interesting if Nvidia took over Intel like AMD took over ATI.
  6. jznomoney

    jznomoney TS Member Posts: 17

    what could one possible need a processor from intel that retails from 1100 dollars? Seriously I have a phenom II 940 running at 3.4ghz and still can run any game of today.
  7. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    I don't really care that it has 1/3 the cache to be honest as its also 1/3 the price! you can't seriously be considering buying the intel version just because it has more cache? i know it gives it a relatively large performance boost but not £699 worth or boost!
  8. unrealmp3

    unrealmp3 TS Enthusiast Posts: 51

    It might not be as powerful as the Intel Gulftown, but still a nice upgrade for under $300.
  9. CodePhoeniX

    CodePhoeniX TS Rookie Posts: 36

    $200 for the entry 6core seems too low.
    $100 for 400MHz and a unlocked multiplier doesn't sound right to me.
  10. mystic420

    mystic420 TS Rookie Posts: 18

    I can tell you if they come out with a BIOS update for my AM2+ board I'm going HEXCORE!!!
  11. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,383   +172

    I'm waiting to see what price the 1035T will fetch. That's the same speed as my Phenom II 710 with twice the cores and some auto overclocking. Could be a nice upgrade.
  12. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    It's nice that these new processors still fit on older motherboards, and the prices seem very reasonable. Will have to wait and see if 6 cores can actually be put to use in real world applications.

    Where do I start with this one... well first of all Intel's market cap is over 10x that of nvidia. Also that would be a huge monopoly and would never go ahead.
  13. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    And it's really sad that I can just pop this new 6 core CPU right into 2 of my computers at home right now, without having to go buy new mobo and memory (required to get a comparable Intel unit). Oh, and it's really sad that it's so affordable...

    True, it's not the performance screamer, but this is a great upgrade for many folks, and will drop right into a huge amount of motherboards already in use. AMD seems to be more interested in targeting the MASSIVE mid-range computing market by offering good solid backward-compatible products at very competitive pricing, rather than duke it out toe-to-toe with Intel to try to poach the much smaller elitist high-end stuff. Fact is, someone at AMD is thinking, they just aren't thinking like you.
  14. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    My feelings too, this seems like a smart move from AMD and much more affordable for someone like me :) .
  15. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    AMD does own ati..........
  16. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 529   +7

    This is actually interesting as I do use a lot of cores at once. However the $1000 for a hexacore intel is off my price range. I would like to see the benchmarks on this and if Intel releases a lower clocked (and cheaper) hexacore chip.
  17. "someone at AMD is thinking, they just aren't thinking like you." True man. I'm impressed of how their way of thinking, keep it up the good work AMD, it really sweet if u can beat intel once again hehe... GGAMD.
  18. They look competitive but Im not sold on them yet think I'll wait for Bulldozer as my 955's got a bit of life left in her yet.
    1) Fits in AM2+ and AM3 motherboards
    2) Surely top of the line thubans will beat the Intel 930/940
    3) Price is quite attractive for people running older AMD dual/quads
    4) Long term these chips will perfrom admirably in heavily threaded apps etc

    1) Bulldozer is about 12 months away....
    2) Doesn't provide a significant upgrade for anyone running a phenom 2 X4
    3) Still running on a somewhat dated architecture.
    4) If AMD can only compete with Intels Core i7 with Hexacores then plainly speaking they need bulldozer (which will be 2 years late) more than ever.

    So to briefly sum up this is a step in the right direction for AMD but Bulldozer (with Quad channel memory!) looks to be the more appetizing for those who want a significant upgrade.
  19. why do i see negative comments on AMD 6 cores that cost only 200USD?
    if you think designing a processor with 1 billion transistor and all of them must work with 0 faulty ones is easy job then go a head and design your own CPU.
  20. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,668   +1,101

    A six core CPU at only 200$? This is a really nice surprise from AMD's part. All we need now are some benchmarks.
    BTW i do believe that it will perform better than the core i5 750.
  21. Norino

    Norino TS Rookie

    amazing.. way to go :)
    i love AMD
  22. As im looking to Upgrade my very old FX-55... I was looking at the X4. However now i see in a short time i could get a X6 for a very similar and have a blazing fast rig... I think I will. Question is, what do do with 5 extra cores ;) AMD is thinking alot it would seem. Ill stick with them.
  23. That's great news.

    I'll probably sell my laptop and c2d machine, and build x6 beast, with crossfire (4890 toxic) and TEC water cooling, i just hope it will overclock well.
  24. Let's face it. Does our games or even programs need more then 3 maximum 4 cores clocked at let's say, 2,8-3,2 ghz ?No, i don't think so.
    if they keep the ~200 euros price tag then we all have a winner; really nice multitask monster.
    On the other hand, if you are a 3d creator/manipulator, video encoder or hardcore OC-er, then you will pay as much as you consider that you need(becouse if you pay 1k for a pc part you get your job done faster and you earn more money and so on..basically you really need that 1000euros+ cpu) in that case you might consider i7 @1000Euros but for the rest of us 300Euros for a premium SixCore sounds more then nice.
  25. If it will overclock as the PhenomII and AthlonII do, then they will reach ~3,6 easily so a hexacore at 3,5 should keep you in bussines for about 4 years easily without even thinking for an upgrade.
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