AMD shows off quad-core Phenom at 3GHz

AMD shows off quad-core Phenom at 3GHz

AMD showed off a Phenom X4 processor running up at 3.0GHz yesterday on standard cooling. Image courtesy of TGDaily.

In order to prove that its soon-to-be-released Phenom processor isn’t broken, AMD showed off a quad-core Phenom X4 processor running at 3.0GHz on standard cooling yesterday.

If the 3GHz quad-core chip wasn’t enough though, AMD kitted the system out with not one, not two, but three Radeon HD 2900 XT graphics cards. These were all housed in an AMD RD790 reference design board, which comes complete with four PCI-Express x16 slots, support for HyperTransport 3.0 and second generation PCI-Express slots.

AMD’s recent launch plans have suggested that the company’s Phenom processors will not get to 3GHz until the first half of 2008.

While this is impressive, it could prove to be a little late if Intel’s 45nm Yorkfield processors hit the ground running. Initially, Intel will only launch an Extreme Edition Yorkfield which, according to current roadmaps, will launch towards the end of this year at a thus-far undisclosed clock frequency.

One thing is for sure though: it’s not going to be any less than 3.0GHz, as that is what the company’s current flagship Core 2 Extreme QX6850 runs at.

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MonkeyNutZ 27th July 2007, 16:44 Quote

That even looks like a crappy reference cooler!

I'd love to know the model number on this thing.
Amon 27th July 2007, 17:49 Quote
Originally Posted by Article; Tim Smalley
AMD kitted the system out with not one, not two, but three Radeon HD 2900 XT graphics cards.
Christ. Now my scales have tipped away from the PS3 and back to green base.
devdevil85 27th July 2007, 18:05 Quote
/\ wow, 960 steam processors at your fingertips would be nice.....any game that was heavy on shaders would seriously be eaten up! I hear you Amon about the PS3, but by the time you buy the PS3, buy the 5-10 games, get the extra controller and get the bigger hard drive, then you MIGHT just MIGHT have spent the same amount of money that you would on that rig alone!, but man would that be a hellofa gaming rig!
DXR_13KE 27th July 2007, 18:32 Quote
very nice rig...... but i think the graphic power on it must be about the same as 1,5-2 8800 ultras, the cpu power on that must be insane...... i await its launch and subsequent review.
yakyb 27th July 2007, 18:43 Quote
come on amd show us what your capable of!!
proxess 28th July 2007, 01:06 Quote
thats one heck of a rig!
Akava 28th July 2007, 02:09 Quote
Looks very nice, especialy for AMD fans, tis a shame that Intel is gonna be bringing out Yorkfield so 'relitively' soon.
[USRF]Obiwan 28th July 2007, 15:53 Quote
And right now Intel is charged by the EU (kroes) for monopolic abuse
completemadness 28th July 2007, 18:33 Quote
why 3 radeons

there is only a bridge between 2 of them, whats the 3rd bringing to the party ?
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