Six-core AMD Phenom II X6 1090T CPU benchmarked, overclocked, available for pre-order online

Six-core AMD Phenom II X6 1090T CPU benchmarked, overclocked, available for pre-order online

Summary: AMD is about to bring the six-core processor closer to the mainstream with its Phenom II X6 1090T "Thuban" CPU, long announced but finally starting to appear in the hands of the masses. The 1090T is showing up for pre-order at online stores for between $300 and $350, which is more than $600 cheaper than Intel's current six-core desktop processor, the Core i7-980X Extreme Edition.

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AMD is about to bring the six-core processor closer to the mainstream with its Phenom II X6 1090T "Thuban" CPU, long announced but finally starting to appear in the hands of the masses. The 1090T is showing up for pre-order at online stores for between $300 and $350, which is more than $600 cheaper than Intel's current six-core desktop processor, the Core i7-980X Extreme Edition.

While you wait for the chip's official release later this month, some lucky individuals have already received the processor and put it to the test. The verdict is that its performance falls somewhere between the Intel Core i7-860 (a quad core about $50 less than the 1090T) and the Core i7-965 Extreme, Intel's previous fastest desktop processor that still costs around $1,000 if you can find it. This falls in line with expectations that the six-core Phenoms couldn't totally compete with the i7-980X but would provide most of the horsepower for a far lower price. No doubt there will be more benchmarking from familiar sources available on release day.

Of course, overclocking would get you closer to the i7-980X's performance, and one overclocker has already tweaked the 1090T to sky-high levels. Using liquid nitrogen to keep the chip chilly, the overclocker managed to juice the CPU to 6.29GHz, almost twice its stock speed of 3.2GHz, though at a rather unstable voltage of 1.928V.

Will the 1090T and AMD's other forthcoming six-core chips help make a dent in Intel's desktop market share? If nothing else, it will have the midrange hexa-core market to itself for a while, as Intel's Core i7-970 isn't rumored to be due until the third quarter of 2010.

Topics: Processors, Hardware

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  • More of the same from AMD

    Don't get me wrong I love AMD processors but, I
    would like to see them juice up their rigs just
    a little bit more. I have a blisteringly fast
    Black Edition dual core that I absolutely love,
    blows most comparable Intel chips right out of
    the water but, they seem to have fallen into a
    comfortable niche where they make the Firebird
    while Intel makes the Trans Am. I'm curious to
    know whether they stuck with their independent
    core architecture or went with the linked dual
    core architecture used by Intel.
    Str0b0
  • RE: Six-core AMD Phenom II X6 1090T CPU benchmarked, overclocked, available for pre-order online

    How about some real life cooling how many people have a bottle of nitrogen to play with.
    bru@...
    • Considering..

      When you consider that this is roughly the same
      speed the Phenom II X4 reached under LN2, it
      most likely shows that the X6 will overclock to
      similar levels as the X4 as long as you can
      keep the additional heat under control.

      The article did say that more benchmarks would
      be available soon, so I'll simply wait until I
      see Anandtech review it.
      Alan Burns
  • RE: Six-core AMD Phenom II X6 1090T CPU benchmarked, overclocked, available for pre-order online

    I'm about to build a new PC. When is the release date on this thing? Any cooler recommendations? Im settling in on a Xigmatek HDT.
    dend
  • RE: Six-core AMD Phenom II X6 1090T CPU benchmarked, overclocked, available

    I still believe in AMD for the cost and comparisons of true speed
    achieved over Intel. But would definately not be willing to upgrade
    my 965 chip yet. Maybe when we get boards that are capatible
    with the better than dual channel memory chips, and that is not
    enough, I want the boards to be able to take even a HEXA chanel
    chip and what ever speed available (2200+), quit slowing us down
    with no true advancement in all areas. Our machines can only run
    as fast as the slowest component. I can't see any reason to buy a
    new cpu chip seeing that my gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H, AMD 965
    BLACK, 8 gig 1800 mem, 1.5 terabyte hard drive, 5770 card is
    running stable at 3.9 ghz with a regular amd stock fan, and temps
    only reach about 120 degrees Farenhiet max on the cpu. This killer
    machine without all the extra cost in hypes of must having the very
    best components. Complete with windows 7 premium for $1000.
    Its like having bought a corvette and raced the neighbors farrari,
    we are truely still equal in speed but I have $200000 left over.
    Wanna Race,
    CorvetteCPUMachine.
    thorjt33@...