AMD Phenom II: Naming, Initial Lineup and Products for 2009
The information that AMD was going to replace the current 4-digit CPU names with 5-digit ones proved to be not true. Just opposite, the future Phenom II processors will have 3-digit names.
The senior Phenom II X4 800/900 lineups will include quad-core products operating at clock rates up to 3GHz and featuring 6MB or 8MB L2+L3 cache, respectively. These series will debut in January with Socket AM2+ Phenom II X4 940 (3GHz) and Phenom II X4 920 (2.8GHz). In February the series will be expanded with Socket AM3 Phenom II X4 925, 910, 810, 805 processors with DDR2/3 support.
45nm triple-core solutions will be introduced in the Phenom II X3 700 series starting with Phenom II X3 720 (2.8GHz, 7.5MB cache) and 710 (2.6GHz).
In the more affordable Athlon series AMD will release the following lineups: X4 600 (quad-core, no L3, up to 2.7GHz, to be released in April), X3 400 (triple-core, no L3, up to 2.8GHz, to be released in April) and X2 400 (dual-core, no L3, up to 2.8GHz, to be released in June).
AMD also plans to provide rich overclocking features, at least in senior lineups. With the Advanced Clock Calibration technology Phenom II X4 is expected to achieve clock rates of 4GHz and higher. Will this make it a rival to Nehalem? Test results will show.
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