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Gallery: AMD launches Phenom chips

AMD launches new triple-core and quad-core Phenom processors which are chips for the high-end power player and the home theater enthusiast.
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Finally, some cool stuff for AMD fans to drool over. AMD releases two new powerful Phenom PC processors with two triple-core five and quad-core versions. Adrian Kingsley-Hughes calls the chips revolutionary new energy efficient processors that have something for everyone including the home theater enthusiast and the power-hungry player.

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.

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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.

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Phenom in a box.

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The Phenom Triple-Core logo.

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The Phenom Quad-Core logo.

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