AMD's new dual-core chips feature Phenom design

AMD's new dual-core chips feature Phenom design

Summary: AMD has released its first dual-core processors based on a design that is similar to that of the Phenom quad-core processors. The Athlon X2 7000 series is designed for budget desktops.

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AMD has released its first dual-core processors based on a design that is similar to that of the Phenom quad-core processors. The Athlon X2 7000 series is designed for budget desktops.

Until now, the dual-core Athlon processors were based on an older K8 design, while the triple-core Phenom X3 and quad-core Phenom X4 use a newer design often referred to as K10, though AMD calls it 10h. The Athlon X2 7000 series are the first dual-core processors that use the 10h design, which means that like Phenoms, they have three levels of cache and support HyperTransport 3.0. Although there had been many news reports speculating on a dual-core chip code-named Kuma, the X2 7000 series did not appear on the client processor roadmap that AMD presented at its analyst day last month.

There are two Athlon X2 7000 series processors: the 2.5GHz Athlon X2 7550, which is only available to computer manufacturers, and a 2.7GHz Athlon X2 7750 Black Edition, which is priced at $79. As you might guess from the price, these chips will show up in low-end desktops based on Cartwheel consumer platform, which also includes the AMD 780G chipset and ATI Radeon 3200 integrated graphics. In the press materials, AMD states that the new processors have "strong OEM support" and "well-known manufacturers are expected to offer new desktop PCs featuring AMD Athlon X2 7000 series processors," though it gave no details.

Like the current Phenom processors, the Athlon X2 7000 series is manufactured at 65nm. Last month, AMD shipped its first 45nm chips, quad-Core Opteron processors for servers. And at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, AMD will announce its first 45nm desktop chips, Phenom IIs, at speeds up to 3.0GHz. These will be part of a new high-end desktop platform code-named Dragon.

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  • Performance Difference?

    Do you have any details on performance differences between the new Phenom-based 7750s and the Windsor-based 6000s?
    WarhavenSC
  • RE: AMD's new dual-core chips feature Phenom design

    What socket will it fit in?
    Could I upgrade to it?
    What are the benchmarks?
    What is the ship date?
    Will there be any supporting chips set changes to support it?
    What if any integrated support for ATI video might we expect?
    fcanapa
    • well from the article

      Socket:
      At least AM2+ since AM3 is coming to the X4 Phenoms only in 09Q2. This is speculation on my part however - it could be AM3.

      Could I upgrade to it?
      With an AM2+ Motherboard, yes you can. Not AM2 however.

      Benchmarks?
      As this chip isn't available yet, there wouldn't be any benchmarks yet.

      Ship Date?
      Valid question.

      Supporting Chipset/Intergrated Video?
      [i]these chips will show up in low-end desktops based on Cartwheel consumer platform, which also includes the AMD 780G chipset and ATI Radeon 3200 integrated graphics[/i]

      Hope this helps.

      "The views expressed here are mine and do not reflect the official opinion of my employer or the organization through which the Internet was accessed."
      gnesterenko
      • This is an economics problem

        If the 2.5 GHz is only $79. and the Phenom 2.6 GHz is $179. for the black addition. Why spend $100. less to get a slower version that has only half the cores. You can go with the 9850 2.4 GHz for $154. with free shipping from Newegg. For $85. you double your cores, I think that that small amount will mean that the consumer is only going for this chip in pre-built systems with a cheap selling price. No one will upgrade to a X2 7000, you wouldn't be upgrading that much compared to the small difference for a triple core or somewhat more for a quad core.
        mjolnar@...
        • or, Go for the $79 CPU and get a GP-GPU capable graphics card

          It seems more appealing to me. :)

          like maybe ATi's FireStream 9250 card. < $1000

          http://ati.amd.com/technology/streamcomputing/AMD_ds_isc_A4sm_061608.pdf

          Or wait until PhenomII arrives Q3 next year, it's been overclocked to 4.5GHz Air cooled & >6GHz @ -196 degC
          (reported in CustomPC magazine)
          V@...
  • AMD Motherboard to support new AM3 CPU

    I found that the latest Asus motherboards such as this one

    http://pcwizkid.blogspot.com/2008/12/asus-m3a78-t-atx-motherboard.html

    have support for the new AM3 coming out.
    PCWizKid
    • All AM2+ Mobos

      All currently available AM2+ Mobos will support AM3 CPUs, but will limit their features obviously (such as DDR3 RAM support).


      "The views expressed here are mine and do not reflect the official opinion of my employer or the organization through which the Internet was accessed."
      gnesterenko
  • AMD really doesn't getting it...

    They need to keep up with intel,and go back to reverse engineering everything they do, not trying to grab the budget niche.
    Spiritusindomit@...
    • Well...

      ...somebody's got to do it. And with their fab now outsourced, they can afford to do it. Porsche may occasionally try to compete with Ferrari but the bulk of what they sell are Boxsters and Cayennes, and they are the most profitable car company in the world.
      914four
  • RE: AMD's new dual-core chips feature Phenom design

    i really wish AMD the very best but i'm afraid it will be hard to stop the nehalem. Cant wait to see how OES handles on it
    godfather55vv
  • See Toms Hardware review

    Their site has all the specs, and it looks like this
    chip has lots of existing MB support, and delivers a
    huge performance uptick for cheap. TomsHardware.com
    has a great review.
    Spats30