AMD Reveals Phenom Model Numbers
Anh Tuan Huynh
July 28, 2007 12:19 AM
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AMD plans to launch two Phenom X4 and three X2 models within the next three quarters
AMD’s latest roadmap reveals the company’s model numbers for the performance and mainstream
Phenom X4 and X2
processors. Despite AMD issuing model numbers, the clock speeds are still ballpark figures and not yet set in stone. AMD has two Phenom X4 and three X2 models planned. Three of the models are set for a Q4’2007 launch.
-based Phenom X4 processors carry the GP-7xxx model number. There will be two Phenom X4 GP-7xxx processors at launch – the GP-7100 and the GP-7000. AMD plans to clock the Phenom X4 GP-7100 from 2.2-to-2.4 GHz. The Phenom X4 GP-7100 has a 3600 MHz HyperTransport 3.0, or HT3, bus speed. The lesser Phenom X4 GP-7000 has a targeted clock speed between 2.0-to-2.2 GHz and a lesser HT3 bus speed in excess of 3200 MHz. The two quad-core processors will have 89-watt thermal ratings.
AMD plans to launch one Phenom X2 GP-6xxx model by the end of the year. The Phenom X2 GP-6550 joins the Phenom line up next quarter clocked somewhere between 2.0-to-2.4 GHz. The first Phenom X2 to launch has a 3600 MHz HT3 bus speed. This model has a TDP of 65 watts.
Two more Phenom X2 GP-6xxx models will join the lineup in Q1’2008. The Phenom X2 GP-6650 will launch first between 2.2-to-2.6 GHz with a 3600 MHz HT3 bus speed. This model has a 65-watt TDP, similar to the GP-6550. The next Phenom X2 GP-6xxx model to launch is the GP-6800. This model has a higher 89-watt TDP, but still a dual-core processor. AMD aims for a 2.4-to-2.8 GHz clock speed with a 4000 MHz HT3 bus speed.
In Q2’2008, AMD plans to launch one more Stars processor based on the
core. This model does not carry the Phenom name because it’s a lower end mainstream processor without L3 cache. The Athlon X2 LS-2350 aims to clock in at 2.0-to-2.2 GHz with a 3200 MHz HT3 bus speed.
The 3.0 GHz Phenom processor that AMD
demonstrated last week during its Analyst Day
does not appear anywhere in the most recent desktop roadmap.
AMD's latest guidance explains that sample availability for AM2 Phenom will begin in the "September/October" window, with box stock during "November/December."
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RE: OK, say the thing tops out at 2.4 GHz
7/29/2007 7:25:33 AM
Forgot to add this regarding INT:
"When it comes to integer execution resources, the Core architecture is an improvement over the Pentium 4 and Dothan CPUs, and is at the same level (if we only look at the number of execution units) as the Athlon 64. The Athlon 64 seems to have a small advantage when it comes to calculating addresses: it has 3 AGU compared to Core's 2. This could give the Athlon 64 an advantage in some less common integer workloads such as decrypting algorithms. The deeper, more flexible (Memory disambiguation, see further) out of order buffers and bigger, faster L2-cache of the Core should negate this small advantage in most integer workloads."
So without all the K10 improvements, K8 is already pretty competitive with Core. My original assessment still stands.
RE: OK, say the thing tops out at 2.4 GHz
7/29/2007 2:23:38 PM
sure, K8 from an architecture to architecture standpoint is competitive with intel's core; but intel has always had a huge advantage in manufacturing technology. that in turn allows them to increase clockspeeds rapidly, while AMD is struggling to reach the 3GHz barrier.
with phenom AMD must show that their chip is not only good on paper but that they can actually make the thing run fast enough to be competitive in the real world. i'd really like to see that (i've been an AMD customer since 2000), but the lack of info from AMD does have me a bit worried.
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