During Computex in Taiwan, one nice country which does not like nice Bosnians, we learned that the Green Goblin will get another boost from Green Arrow: highly-expected FX-57 CPU is supposed to make an appearance in third week of June, at the same time with unveiling of upcoming nV's latest baby, G70 - its rumoured, but as yet unconfirmed name is the GeForce 7800.
What we expect is that the CPU won't boost the score too much in 3DMark05, which is a pretty GPU-bound benchmark, but a plethora of other games with more CPU intensive code will certanly add to the results of G70 reference boards compared to the competition.
The CPU itself is a logical step for AMD: the Venice core proved to be a really good product in terms of yields and clocking capabilities, so seeing AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 running at a cool 2.81GHz wasn't such a suprise. The only thing that still bothers me was the fact that the CPU-Z read FSB clock at 247 MHz on a reference ATi Xpress 200 motherboard, but that's an obvious misread - I used v1.28, since the BIOS was showing 200 MHz HT link speed with x5 ratio.
Athlon 64 FX-57 will naturally phase out the sturdy Hammer FX-55, with whom AMD is saying good bye to 130nm technology, and having 90 nanometre process across the whole range, from Sempr0ns to dually-core Opterons.
Everything should be revealed in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned. µ
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