AMD intros its fastest quad-core, new Phenom II X6By Jose Vilches 29 comments
Following the launch of the first Fusion chips for netbooks and entry-level notebooks AMD has turned its attention to desktops. Unfortunately, it will be a while before we see the company's latest architecture in this space but at least they've made a few additions to their current Phenom II line with the 3.6GHz Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition and 2.9GHz Phenom II X6 1065T processors. The former is AMD's fastest quad-core processor to date, while the latter promises to combine high performance with a relatively low 95W TDP and the company's own Turbo CORE technology.
The Phenom II X4 975 comes with all the standard features of the quad-core Phenom II line: 45nm Deneb cores, 4x512K L2 cache, 6MB L3 cache, 125W TDP. Of course, being a Black Edition CPU the multiplier is unlocked, allowing overclockers to easily push it over its standard configuration. The price of $195 places it at just a few dollars above the 970 BE. Meanwhile, the Thuban-based Phenom II X6 1065T is now AMD's quickest sub-100W hexa-core chip. We don't know the pricing for this unit yet but it'll probably be around the $200-230 mark looking at the rest of the lineup.
AMD is also adding a new product to its entry-level quad-core range with the introduction of the Phenom II X4 840. Despite the Phenom II branding, this chip is based on the Propus core typically found in the Athlon II line and as such features 4x512K L2 cache and no L3 cache. The chip has a TDP rating of 95W and is set to retail for around $100.