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Directly competing with Intel's Core Duo, the new Turion X2's are supposed to pack quite a punch

Ramp up in processor production from both AMD and Intel has been healthy for the last several months, with a good amount of units being shipped from both companies. AMD has never been better, shipping solid quantities of processors throughout the channel.

On May 9th, AMD is poised to announce an enitre family of new Turion X2 64 processors. According to datasheets, AMD will be releasing seven different flavors of Turions with the entry-level unit starting at 1.6GHz and the flagship topping out at 2.2GHz with 2MB of L2 cache.

The new CPUs will also come in low-voltage flavors for the mobile market, in which the new CPUs will be directly competing with Intel's Core Duo mobile processors. Traditionally, Intel has been ahead of the game when it comes to the mobile market.  AMD, however, is hoping to gain more marketshare, similar in the way it has done with the desktop market. According to AMD, more Turion flavors will come after the initial seven are released in May.


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Good stuff from AMD
By psychobriggsy on 3/22/2006 2:19:20 PM , Rating: 2
They're making quite good progress on the power front.

The 25W dual-core Turion X2s (1.6GHz and 1.8GHz at launch) and the 35W Turion X2s (2.0GHz and 2.2GHz) should pack plenty of power, with 64-bit capability. With Merom expected to consume a little more power than Yonah, which is at 31W TDP currently, the fight should be quite fair, and come down to cost.

I don't think that many people would ever have thought that AMD would make 25W dual-core processors on 90nm at quite reasonable clock speeds!




RE: Good stuff from AMD
By Goty on 3/22/2006 3:09:52 PM , Rating: 2
Didn't I read somewhere (maybe it was here) that even the current Turion's can actually get better battery life than the Pentium-M processors under some conditions? If so, it really WILL be a good battle in the mobile market.

Y'know what they say, too: "Competition leads to innovation."


RE: Good stuff from AMD
By Samus on 3/22/2006 3:27:56 PM , Rating: 2
Well, in comparison of a Sempron to a Celeron M laptop, the Semprons consistently get better battery life because PowerNow clocks the processor more efficiently than Speedstep. However, the Celeron clock-for-clock usually edges the Sempron in performance, even with its measly cache, because the Dothan architecture still works pretty well on tiny cache sizes (unlike NetBurst architecture)


RE: Good stuff from AMD
By Araemo on 3/22/2006 3:33:54 PM , Rating: 2
Celeron-M's don't include speedstep.

Farking ripoff, if you ask me... but Intel has to give extra value to their Pentium M's somehow. ;P

Comparing a Sempron to a Pentium M is a fairer comparison, as long as overall system specs and price are similar. The celeron Ms are a joke.


RE: Good stuff from AMD
By Araemo on 3/22/2006 3:34:36 PM , Rating: 2
Mind you, I'm referring to the pentium-m based celeron-m's, I have no clue if the 'mobile celerons' based on netburst have speedstep.


RE: Good stuff from AMD
By stupid on 3/22/2006 3:55:17 PM , Rating: 2
From what I recall, when idling or doing very low processor intensive tasks like using Excel or Word, a Pentium M will have better battery life than a comparable Turion. However, the tables are turned when the CPU is doing a moderate amount of work like watching a DivX or DVD movie. In this situation the Turion would end up lasting longer than the Pentium M.

Under high load, like gaming, I really don't have any idea. I think difference in battery life at idle, and moderate load was between 10 - 20 minutes when favoring either CPU.


RE: Good stuff from AMD
By goldenratio on 3/23/2006 5:43:54 AM , Rating: 2
power consumption will be the biggest problem for Turion X2.
with current 90nm process & little Arichtecture modification, the Turion X2 power consumption will rise a lot. Battery life will be Turion X2's nightmare.


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