AMD to Release 7 New Turion X2 64-bit CPUs on May 9th
March 22, 2006 2:00 PM
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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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The 2.2 will edge out the 2.17 Core Duo in performance
3/22/2006 8:16:38 PM
AMD will be raising the bar. We all know what's coming but Merom isn't realistically going to be here till Nov at the earliest, so that leaves 6 months for AMD to demonstrate how it "should be done" I'm hoping. Nvidia chipsets, which is nice to see, and the potential for less heat producing SLI are all things that simply change the market potential for laptops in general.
Performance, heat, power consumption all remain to be seen, but if they turn out well and we have some solid product designs, this will help bring some much needed competition to the mobile arena. And while not immediately needed, the little "it is
64 bit no need to wait for Merom" plug to the ads ought to be good for consumers.
Nice news indeed
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