AMD may release Phenom II X8 processors

AMD may be getting ready to release a new line of Phenom II processors, this time called Phenom II X8 that features, yes, you guessed it – 8 cores.

So far there’s no official information on the matter but rumors regarding the new processors came out when motherboard manufacturers Jetway and Elitegroup Computer Systems listed new CPU Support lists for certain AM3+ and AMD 9-series chipset motherboards that feature the yet unannounced central processing units.

AMD Phenom II cores

It seems that the new CPUs will serve cost sensitive market areas. According to the available information the new 8-core CPUs will be based on AMD’s latest Bulldozer architecture and will come with 95W thermal design power (TDP). To achieve such TDP they will run at lower clock speeds. Currently there are four different models:

•AMD Phenom II X8 2420: 2.40GHz, 95W, ZD242046W8K43
•AMD Phenom II X8 3020: 3.00GHz, 125W, ZD302051W8K44
•AMD Phenom II X8 2520: 2.50GHz, 95W, ZD252046W6443
•AMD Phenom II X8 2820: 2.80GHz, 95W, ZD282046W8K43

Even if the new CPUs are not called Phenom II X8 it is obvious that AMD is working on something new. On the other hand if AMD calls these processors Phenom II X8 this would mean that the company has a lot of low-clocked Bulldozer cores that it wants to sell and secondly – since they will feature lower performance that the FX series, then the FX moniker will be kept for high-performance Bulldozer chips although they can’t really compete with Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors.

There’s one big problem with the new CPUs though – their clock speed and budget positioning which could mean less L2 and L3 cache, hence even lower performance. Since even the high-end Bulldozer FX CPUs can’t come close to Intel’s offerings (and sometimes to even older six core AMD Phenoms) it is almost sure that the new 8-core CPUs will be much slower than current AMD processors based on the older K10 architecture.

If all this holds true then AMD is in for another round of disappointing processor performance and sales.


Source: CPU Wars

Related posts

EASARS announces Flare RGB mechanical keyboard

EASARS announces Flare RGB mechanical keyboard

The global supplier of eSports gaming hardware EASARS has announced the new Flare gaming keyboard with full RGB lighting. The keyboard packs some impressive specs – it has a 32-bit ARM CPU inside, 512 KB of flash memory, 1000 Hz of polling rate, backlit keys with 16 million colors to choose...

COUGAR debuts the 230M and 250M gaming mice

COUGAR debuts the 230M and 250M gaming mice

The maker of various gaming peripherals COUGAR has announced two new gaming mice, known as 230M and 250M. This time, however, the mice are not just regular gaming mice – they bring professional gaming quality to the masses and offer an ambidextrous design, which makes them suitable for right...

Air Battle: World War

Air Battle: World War

There are many games that take you back to World War II but few games are about the first Great War. Air Battle: World War happens to be one of these rare games but what’s even more exciting is that you will be flying a plane here instead of leading troops on strategy maps, etc. When you...

Leave a comment