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AMD announces Phenom II chips

It's possibly T for Turbo
Tue Sep 21 2010, 16:46

NEVER MIND the correct names, AMD has added two processors to its Phenom range of chips today, though the company's branding plans mean that you'll never see them referred to in brand labels in the future.

The AMD Phenom processors, and all other chips except the Opteron server range, will be absorbed into AMD's Vision platform brands by 2012, but for just this once The INQUIRER will explain about the Phenom II X6 1075 and Phenom II X2 560 that AMD tells us are available to buy today.

The Phenom II X2 560 is said to be a Black Edition processor, which means that it should appear inside your desktop if it has a Vision Black label. Unfortunately the press release says nothing else and neither does AMD's website, but one retailer says that it is 45nm process scale, has a 3.3GHz clock speed, AM3 socket compatibility, 1MB for the L2 cache and 6MB for the shared L3 cache. The chip will set you back only about £90, too.

Meanwhile, what the Phenom II X6 1075 will appear inside is anyone's guess as AMD's Phenom II PR team is on voicemail. AMD's fair and balanced press release says that the Phenom II X6 1075 offers "Turbo CORE acceleration" and "six-core performance", which is nice.

However on the AMD website there are the 1055T and 1090T chips and UK retailers have a 1075T and a 1075T Black Edition, so The INQUIRER thinks that the press release has got the product name wrong.

Surely it gets the T in its name for Turbo core? In which case, this website can confidently tell you that the 1075T will also set you back about £200. According to retailer provided information, the 1075T has a clock speed of 3.0GHz with 512KB per core and is AM3 socket compatible. µ


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