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AMD drops the Phenom X2 TDP to 45-watts

AMD plans to cut power consumption of its mainstream Phenom X2 processors with the Phenom X2 GE-series, according to the company’s latest roadmap. The Phenom X2 GE-series joins the Phenom X2 GS-series in late Q1’2008, after the Phenom X2 GS-series makes its debut. AMD has three Phenom X2 GS-series in the pipeline with launches beginning in Q4’2007 and more models added in Q1’2008.

The new Phenom X2 GE-series matches the recently released Athlon X2 BE-series in terms of thermal design power, or TDP, at 45-watts. AMD Phenom X2 GS-series processors have 65-watt and 89-watt TDP ratings.The low power Phenom X2 GE-series will have three models – the GE-6600, GE-6500 and GE-6400.

AMD’s Phenom X2 GE-6600 clocks in at 2.3 GHz, coincidentally, the Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 clocks in at 2.4 GHz. The middle of the Phenom X2 GE-series consists of the 2.1 GHz Phenom X2 GE-6500 while the 1.9 GHz Phenom X2 GE-6400 occupies the bottom of the lineup.

AMD Phenom X2 GE-series
L2 Cache
L3 Cache
HT3 Bus
GE-66002.3 GHz 2x512KB2MB
~ 3200 MHz
GE-6500 2.1 GHz2x512KB2MB
~ 3200 MHz
1.9 GHz 2x512KB2MB
~ 3200 MHz

All Phenom X2 GE-series processors share the same features. AMD equips the Phenom X2 GE-series with an HT3 bus with speeds equal to or in excess of 3.2 GHz. AMD has yet to set the official speeds of the HT3 bus on Phenom X2 GE-series processors. Phenom X2 GE-series processors are identical to the GS-series, in terms of cache configurations. The Phenom X2 GE-series feature 512KB of L2 cache per core and 2MB shared L3 cache.

Expect the AMD Phenom GE-series to drop into a Socket AM2+ platform in Q1’2008.

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RE: correction
By Chaca on 7/3/2007 10:21:03 AM , Rating: 1
I am sad to say that after years of opting for the AMD platform, I've temporarily switched to Intel Core. I don't like the fact that AMD fell for Intel's multi-platform game (939, 940, 754, AM2, AM2+, AM3, 1207, F, etc) and nVidia's chipsets have not been nearly as stable anymore. I hope AMD gets its act together soon.

RE: correction
By Belard on 7/5/2007 4:56:53 AM , Rating: 2
The 939 CPUs only talked to DDR RAM. Remember, the memory controller is ON the chip. AM2 chips have DDR2 memory controller... so it made sense to come up with a new socket to ALSO prevent accidents. AM2 is a good name. Also cool is that AM2+ and AM3 CPUs and sockets ARE cross compatible.

754 = Lower cost version (never should have made it IMHO)
940 = Early/Opteron socket.
939 = Mainstream and had been for years.
1207/F = Same thing. Socket F has 1207 pins... used for multi-CPU setups. You cant put 2 C2D CPUs on the same board. Xeon supports multi-cpu boards.

Intel has done well to keep LGA775 for so long... but typical of Intel, backwards compatiblity doesn't happen often. Not all intel boads support quad-core... or even C2D chips. All 939 chips worked on ALL 939 boards. AM2~AM3 will work.

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