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Rumour: AMD releasing Athlon II before September

Rumour: AMD releasing Athlon II before September

If the rumours are to be believed, then AMD is set to release a quad-core Athlon II this year. (This isn't a genuine Athlon II photo).

AMD’s Athlon brand has had a variety of suffixes appended to it, including XP, 64, FX and X2, but AMD never tried calling any of its CPUs Athlon II, despite releasing an Athlon 4 mobile chip. However, the word is that this is soon going to change later this year, when AMD will apparently launch the Athlon II, continuing the numbering strategy that AMD used when it released the Phenom II.

Taiwanese tech site DigiTimes reports that the Athlon II will form a part of a new entry-level desktop platform codenamed Pisces. According to the site, the platform will also take advantage of AMD’s 55nm 780G+ chipset, which will feature an integrated Radeon HD 4200 GPU.

DigiTimes cites Taiwanese motherboard partners as its source of the information, and says that the new platform is scheduled for release before September 2009. However, the site also says that motherboards based on the new chipset will be shown off at Taiwan’s Computex show in June.

As well as this, the site claims that the new Athlon II CPUs will be based on AMD’s forthcoming Propus, Rana and Regor cores. AMD hasn’t officially released any information about these cores yet, but PC Online published some rumoured specifications of the cores last month. The site claims that Propus will be a quad-core Athlon-branded CPU with a total of 2MB of cache (L2 and L3). Meanwhile, the Rana chips were reported to feature three cores and a total of 1.5MB of cache (L2 and L3), and the Regor chips were alleged to have two cores.

Interestingly, PC Online refers to the chips as Athlon X4, Athlon X3 and Athlon X2, without referring to an Athlon II brand, and says that the first chips could be out later in April. Of course, the information you get from the grapevine will never be completely reliable, but it looks as though AMD may have some Athlon-branded quad-core and triple-core chips out later this year, whatever final name they’re given.

Would you be interested in picking up a cheap Athlon branded multi-core CPU at the right price? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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knuck 1st April 2009, 16:42 Quote
they're late. Athlon II sounds stupid when you know it's like the 5th generation or so
Gremlin 1st April 2009, 16:45 Quote
I thought the Althons based on k10.5 were due to supposed to start turning up in June? when did it change to after september?
Laitainion 1st April 2009, 17:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gremlin
I thought the Althons based on k10.5 were due to supposed to start turning up in June? when did it change to after september?

I think these are the phenom II based ones, since the phenom based ones (i.e. based on the dual-core Kuma) are already out. Or at least, I can find one such processor on Scan. Given how long it took for AMD to start releasing k10-based Athlons, I'm not all that surprised they seem to be largely skipping it for the most part and moving onto k10.5 as you put it.
Dragane 1st April 2009, 17:29 Quote
Athlon 2 sounds awesome to me. If its a good chip i bet many people will get back to AMD just because of it.
Coldon 1st April 2009, 17:38 Quote
april fools anyone?
mclean007 1st April 2009, 18:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Coldon
april fools anyone?
Bit of a dull one if it is! I liked the BMW ad in this morning's London metro, promoting its magnetic tow technology which lets you save fuel using a magnetic field that grabs the car in front, letting you turn off your engine and cruise along behind ("without affecting handling"). Nice.
mclean007 1st April 2009, 18:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by mclean007
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Originally Posted by Coldon
april fools anyone?
Bit of a dull one if it is! I liked the BMW ad in this morning's London metro, promoting its magnetic tow technology which lets you save fuel using a magnetic field that grabs the car in front, letting you turn off your engine and cruise along behind ("without affecting handling"). Nice.
Linky: http://www.businesscar.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=4357&c=2&theme=0
I like the e-mail address for more info: uve.vollenvorit@bmw.co.uk
Denis_iii 1st April 2009, 19:09 Quote
Athlon 2....is this replacing Phenom 2?
i'm confused, When Athlon was released it was there premeire cpu which I bough, all 500mhz i think in slot form factor...so there doing a Athlon 2 as a sub brand to Phenom?
Saivert 1st April 2009, 19:27 Quote
Looks like Bit-tech forgot all about April 1st this year and had a short time to come up with a witty article. This one was dull indeed. Make sure you got this planned for 2010 please!
knuck 1st April 2009, 19:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by mclean007
Bit of a dull one if it is! I liked the BMW ad in this morning's London metro, promoting its magnetic tow technology which lets you save fuel using a magnetic field that grabs the car in front, letting you turn off your engine and cruise along behind ("without affecting handling"). Nice.

which would make it work. I never thought about which day we are while reading this because there was no awesomeness whatsoever in this news.

I remember a prank back in 2001 or so saying Atari was coming back on the console market. Heh, that one was cool to believe
Gremlin 1st April 2009, 19:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Laitainion
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Originally Posted by Gremlin
I thought the Althons based on k10.5 were due to supposed to start turning up in June? when did it change to after september?

I think these are the phenom II based ones, since the phenom based ones (i.e. based on the dual-core Kuma) are already out. Or at least, I can find one such processor on Scan. Given how long it took for AMD to start releasing k10-based Athlons, I'm not all that surprised they seem to be largely skipping it for the most part and moving onto k10.5 as you put it.

Nah dude im specifically talking about K10.5 AKA Phenom II not the K10 Phenom based ones, they were by all accounts supposed to start being released in June to replace the K8 Athlons ;)

The dual core K10 Phenom based Athlons Eg the 7xxx series if i remember correctly were NOT native dual cores , they were infact quad cores with 2 cores disabled, they were quads with two defective cores so they couldnt be x3's hence their very high TDP for a dual core, also im assuming thats why there were not that many released since they were harvesting defective phenom cores there wouldnt be that many instances of them having 2 cores that didnt work as the manufacturing process went on, it was cheaper to keep selling the K8 Athlons rather than to push out dual core phenoms with two good cores or even one good one bad disabled

But the K10.5 Athlon II chips are native dual core designs, so expect them to overclock like the current phenom chips, and since they are 45nm they will have a lower TDP thanks to the die shrink and being native dualies and they should overclock like mad as ive mentioned before since dual cores as we all know overclock easier and higher than quads for the most part, so imagine how well it should OC when we take into account just how bloody well the current phenom II's clock ;)
Evildead666 1st April 2009, 19:55 Quote
Athlon II could be AMD's Celeron, and it would be a damn sight faster.
There are some dual core celerons, but a very cheap tri or quad AMD die could make intel a little more worried about the Business workspace....

The Phenom II's go up against the Core2 generation.
docodine 2nd April 2009, 02:45 Quote
Doubt this is an April Fools, it's believable. How would these be priced? AMD doesn't really have any price ranges open, unless if they start selling CPUs for $20.
Xtrafresh 2nd April 2009, 09:21 Quote
i'm also interested in how these would be priced... they'll have to replace some existing part of the lineup, but where?
Denis_iii 2nd April 2009, 09:38 Quote
doubt this a aprils fools, it'd be pathetic and wank, 2 things bit-tech is the opposite of
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