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Acer leaks AMD triple-core mobile chip

Acer leaks AMD triple-core mobile chip

AMD's X3 N830 - a mobile version of its tri-core Phenoms - has been leaked by Acer.

A new AMD mobile processor featuring three physical cores has apparently been leaked via an Acer product announcement.

As reported over on Fudzilla, Acer's up-coming 17in and 15.6in Aspire notebooks were due to hit the market running AMD's quad-core Phenom processors - but the company appears to be sneaking out a budget range alongside the previously announced quad-core parts featuring an as-yet unannounced AMD triple-core processor.

The two new Aspires are pegged to use the AMD Phenom X3 N830 - a previously unknown triple-core chip running at 2.1GHz. While precise specifications regarding cache size and expected power draw aren't yet available, it's clear that it's a budget processor aimed at the portable market - and should be priced accordingly, with Fudzilla claiming that the notebooks based around the new chip will be around €100 cheaper than their quad-core counterparts.

Interestingly, AMD appears to be positioning the part to go head-to-head with rival Intel's dual-core mobile processors. While Intel will likely have an edge in the power draw stakes on a per-core basis, buyers opting for an X3 N830 in their next notebook will enjoy the benefits of an extra processing core - although how much extra performance that will translate to depends largely on how efficiently the individual user's software can take advantage of multithreading.

With AMD keeping quiet on this particular product, it remains to be seen whether the company could finally succeed in threatening Intel's current dominance of the mobile market.

Do you think that a triple-core processor could be just the thing your laptop has been crying out for, or is anything more than two processing cores wasted on an average user's laptop? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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l3v1ck 5th May 2010, 10:23 Quote
Duff four core CPU's again?
I assume so as a lot of people would rather have faster running dual core CPU's than slower triple core ones.
MaverickWill 5th May 2010, 10:36 Quote
In THEORY, triple-core CPUs have always been a good idea. Most programs can handle 2 cores no bother, which leaves the third core to potter about making sure your OS is happy. In practice, it's usually been slower on the basis of clock speed. At 2.1GHz, I can't see that changing any time soon, especially with the massive Turbo Boosts that can be eked out of the i5 and i7 mobile chips.
Fordy 5th May 2010, 18:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by MaverickWill
In THEORY, triple-core CPUs have always been a good idea. Most programs can handle 2 cores no bother, which leaves the third core to potter about making sure your OS is happy. In practice, it's usually been slower on the basis of clock speed. At 2.1GHz, I can't see that changing any time soon, especially with the massive Turbo Boosts that can be eked out of the i5 and i7 mobile chips.

Yeah, but I wish you could have progs remember they're "Set Affinity". For example, Handbrake encodes always crash after about 5 files on my (OC'd) 3.8GHz Q6600. So I have to set HB to use 2/3 cores, depending how long its going to be running, stop it from overheating. (It does however, still encode faster than all four cores at stock speeds, I have checked)

It would be awesome, if, like you said, you could set one core, or say 10% of all cores, to be devoted entirely to background stuff, something new that pops up whatever, and have your primary program utilising the rest (Say Adobe CS, or Handbrake, whatever)
javaman 5th May 2010, 22:11 Quote
AMD need something that can reduce clocks on unused cores. While extra cores are good, as shown by quads, they suck too much power.
Arj12 6th May 2010, 15:58 Quote
Hmm, will be interesting to see if "core unlock" will be a feature on laptops but somehow I doubt it due to the extra heat churned out from the extra core.

Seems like a nice stepping stone until quad cores become the mainstream thing in laptops!
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