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AMD announces new Phenoms

AMD announces new Phenoms

AMD's new Phenom chips are hitting shop shelves now - but are they enough to compete?

AMD has pulled the veil away from a couple of new mid-range processors that it hopes will help it make up lost ground against rival Intel.

Officially announced by the company early this morning, the two processors are by no means budget models, but are designed to offer a reduced-price alternative to the company's flagship chips.

First up is the Phenom II X6 1075, a 6-core chip with Turbo CORE - AMD's answer to Intel's TurboBoost - which is an automatic overclocking technology, designed to sit just below the Phenom II X6 1090T.

Ordinarily running at 3GHz, the Turbo CORE technology boosts the chip to 3.5GHz when running single-threaded apps, and a whopping six 512KB L2 cache piles plus a shared 6MB L3 cache keeps everything flowing smoothly. Power draw is elevated compared with previous chips in order to compensate for the high clock speed, with a 125W TDP.

If you're looking for something with a lower power draw, AMD has also announced the Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition, which it describes as "an affordable alternative" to its many-core offerings. Dropping down to a dual-core layout allows AMD to boost the clock speed to 3.3GHz while retaining the 6MB L3 cache in a package with a TDP of just 80W. As a Black Edition, the new X2 should - in theory - be overclocker-friendly too.

Both chips should be available to order shortly, and while AMD hasn't confirmed costs for the Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition yet, it has stated that the Phenom II X6 1075 will retail "for less than $250" in US markets.

Do you think that either of the new chips can hold a candle to Intel's recent offerings, or does AMD still have a long way to go before it's competitive again? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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mi1ez 21st September 2010, 10:08 Quote
A free boost and price drops elsewhere. Good work AMD, now let's see Bulldozer!

More indepth article with benches:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/phenom-ii-x6-1075t-phenom-ii-x4-970-phenom-ii-x2-560,review-32002.html
Burnout21 21st September 2010, 10:28 Quote
I think the problem lies with intel getting too much of a head start with the core duo, then a solid performing Quad core only to then release the i7.

AMD was always my 1st pick, the the AM2 bunch didn't amaze me one bit, and the first AMD quads were piss poor, and that's where they lost ground.

Saying all this i imagine AMD will do very well soon, what with Intels greed and charging more money for locked features, rumour of sandy bridge to prevent overclocking.

The release of two more CPU's just means the fabrication is getting better, that's all.
javaman 21st September 2010, 14:14 Quote
The phenom II x4 970 looks good. Will bit-tech be benching these in the coming month?
Snips 21st September 2010, 14:25 Quote
I just feel they are getting out the aging format before bulldozer, which I hope does well but is probably just a play on the name.

When you get this actual site still not recommending them only for the budget model and the sister mag not recommending them at all. I'm just a little worried that these new releases sit below an already inferior product base. What also worries me is them using the cursed "Black Edition"

Come on AMD, give us something we actually want and will actually buy instead of just relying on Intel!
total zombie 21st September 2010, 15:27 Quote
there's new athlon 2's aswell! if anyone is interested!
fingerbob69 21st September 2010, 17:04 Quote
Given it's price and the fact most games only utilize 2/3 cores why isn't the X3 450 a regular bit-tech recommnedation?
frontline 21st September 2010, 17:21 Quote
If they get the pricing right, they might eke out a bit more life for this generation of processors.

I might have been tempted by a new 6 core processor if there was actually anything out there that needs 6 cores (other than the very occasional game).

Reasons for upgrading the CPU are getting fewer & fewer and i'm personally more interested in the projected price/performance of Fusion APU products at present.
HourBeforeDawn 21st September 2010, 17:56 Quote
You forgot to mention the New x4 970 cpu at 3.5ghz
b5k 21st September 2010, 19:05 Quote
What a surprise! When AMD isn't being artifically driven out the market by it's competitor it can actually make decent progress! That's a real shocker...
javaman 21st September 2010, 19:13 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by fingerbob69
Given it's price and the fact most games only utilize 2/3 cores why isn't the X3 450 a regular bit-tech recommnedation?

They never reviewed it. Tom's say its the minimum they recommend for a gaming PC.

Personally from reviews I would take it over a phenom dual or tri core for its price.
Snips 21st September 2010, 22:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by b5k
What a surprise! When AMD isn't being artifically driven out the market by it's competitor it can actually make decent progress! That's a real shocker...

but that's the problem, this is all based on AMD's aging format. So if they aren't being driven out of the market then what the hell are they playing at because this isn't progress.
bagman 21st September 2010, 23:19 Quote
i just can't see these chips beating the 750 i5 which is destroying AMDs mid range cpu sales as when over clocked the 750 walks all over AMD atm
sandys 22nd September 2010, 08:32 Quote
Looks great, hope they keep tweaking the process so when I finally outmode my 9950 I can quite an overclockable upgrade :D no need to change mobo etc don't remember the last time I've been able to hold on to the same mobo/setup for so long.
Farfalho 22nd September 2010, 15:47 Quote
I love AMD, don't get me wrong but as long as new chips aren't based on a new architecture I see no interest in new cpus. We have already seen that the K10 architecture is becoming quite old being a K8 based upgrade architecture.

Bring forth the new architecture to compete head on head against Intel and then I will be investing my money again on AMD, until then I'll remain with my AM2+ Asus M3A32MVP-Deluxe with my awesome Phenom 9950 Black Edition, it just does everything and with 8GB of RAM, there's no need to upgrade cpu and mobo-wise.
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