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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.

The Agena-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 Rana 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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By Lord Evermore on 7/29/2007 9:10:45 PM , Rating: 2
Man they're going to have a confusing lineup of varying clock speeds and bus speeds. It's already hard enough figuring out whether a difference in clock speed alone is enough to justify a difference in price for one's needs, now we get to figure price in with how much core processing power we need AND whether we need a higher bus speed, all within a single product line. It's not like they're the Athlon and Sempron, or Core2 and Celeron. They aren't even apparently using any part of the model number as a way to indicate whether a chip is one with a lower or higher bus speed. They could at least have made like the last digit indicate 3.2GHz or 3.6GHz, and have it consistent with both X2 and X4, and whatever they might call the "value" line if they make one. The model number meanings don't even seem to be consistent between X2 and X4 now. It's not like these are different processor designs.

And your only options with the X4's this year is the higher speed model with the higher speed bus, or a lower speed model which also has a lower speed bus? Obviously that'll probably be great for overclockers, but for stock speeds there's no middle ground value.

Do DT writers get paid by the word? How many times can you write out the entire name of the product in one article? Just say GP-7xxx after the first time you say Phenom X4 GP-7xxx. AMD's model names are getting as bad as Microsoft software names. Wasn't Phenom X4 7100 good enough?

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