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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 Belard on 7/5/2007 4:40:59 AM , Rating: 2
There was a time when Cyrix made some good CPUs. They made low-end ones (386) and high-performance types (486) - but when Pentium came out, Cyrix never ever made a CPU as fast or reliable since.

I used to SELL tons of Cyrix 486 (Real ones, not the upgraded 386 type) because I believed in the product. They were:
1 - As fast or faster than intel. (80mhz, 100mhz, 120mhz)
2 - They Overclocked very well.
3 - Run very COOL. A i486/66 would burn your finger, you couldn't touch it for a second. A 100mhz Cyrix, was warm to touch - you could hold your finger on it for 30seconds.

4 - They cost a lot less, about half price.
5 - They were as reliable as Intel and I had no compatiblity issues.

I did buy the Cyrix 586/166... it was mostly reliable. It was my last.

Will say one thing... Core2 Duo is a far cooler name than "Phenom"... sounds like the "Phantom Processor" ;)

RE: Amd is not bad
By LogicallyGenius on 7/5/2007 7:20:55 AM , Rating: 2
I think AMD is making the same mistake that cyrix did.

Back then there were pentium pro motherboards that could support two CPUs(i cant remember of 4 CPUs though). So if cyrix had made 2, 8, 32 etc processor motherboards then ...

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