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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: Amd is not bad
By ultimaone on 7/3/2007 12:34:34 PM , Rating: 3
I find its the ASUS boards that is the issue

I went through 3 different kinds, all with little
quirks, mouse not being detected, random reboots,
lost bios configs

Friends of mine getting blue screens, swapped out memory,
hard-drives, cpus....finally swapped out motherboard for a different brand and all the issues went away

I know lots of people who have no issues, but after having gone through 3 asus boards myself and my various friends through another 6. Usually not anything major, just little things that make no sense.

RE: Amd is not bad
By JTKTR on 7/3/2007 12:52:59 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, as much as it pains me to say it, ASUS boards look great on paper but they have the tiniest glitches that make them hard to work with. I currently work on an ASUS board and I get a BSoD at least once a day, if not more. I also have to deal with random reboots (that always seem to come at the worst time lol)

I've gone through 2 processors, 3 hard-drives, 2 sets of memory, a video card, and even an optical drive! I've spent about $1000 trying to fix it, more than it cost when I first bought it. I'm running all the current drivers but for some reason I just keep getting a BSoD and sometimes random reboots as well.

RE: Amd is not bad
By dubldwn on 7/3/2007 2:20:29 PM , Rating: 3
I get a BSoD at least once a day, if not more. I also have to deal with random reboots

I've gone through 2 processors, 3 hard-drives, 2 sets of memory, a video card, and even an optical drive! I've spent about $1000 trying to fix it

Why don't you just get a new board? You really had those symptoms and you bought a new hard drive, and when you still had the same symptoms, you bought yet another hard drive?

RE: Amd is not bad
By cheetah2k on 7/4/2007 12:01:14 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, doesnt make much sense to spend $1000 on other stuff, when he could have had 4 new mobo's for that price...

Sounds like he was secretly building another system on the side and using the mobo issues as an excuse to get additional funding passed the boss ;-p

RE: Amd is not bad
By JTKTR on 7/5/2007 1:59:27 AM , Rating: 2
Or past my wife ; )

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