Above is the AMD quad-core Phenom processor die.
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With Phenom, AMD tries to improve communication between the cores by directly connecting the memory controller and I/O to the CPU. The Phenom will also allow simultaneous 32- and 64-bit computing.
AMD plans to pair its Phenom X3 processor with its recently released 780G chipset for desktop PCs. AMD claims that the ATI discrete graphics card and the motherboard GPU will deliver a 70 improvement in 3D performance for some applications.
Phenom in a box.
The Phenom Triple-Core logo.
The Phenom Quad-Core logo.