AMD Phenom II X8 Processors Coming Soon?
The CPU support lists of AMD 9-Series Chipset motherboards from Jetway and ECS have revealed some interesting new CPU models, allegedly branded the Phenom II X8 series. The chips are, of course, eight-core designs, but they have lower clockspeeds than the eight-core AMD FX models. There are four known chips:
AMD Phenom II X8 2420: 2.40GHz, 95W, ZD242046W8K43
AMD Phenom II X8 3020: 3.00GHz, 125W, ZD302051W8K44
AMD Phenom II X8 2520: 2.50GHz, 95W, ZD252046W6443
AMD Phenom II X8 2820: 2.80GHz, 95W, ZD282046W8K43
AMD has not said anything about a Phenom II X8 series as of yet, and there is no other official information available on the models.
So, what micro-architecture could these chips be based on? They could either be packing eight of the older K10 “Stars” cores, which power the other Phenom II CPUs, and, if so, their performance could be very interesting.
On the other hand, they could be based on the Bulldozer design that powers the underwhelming AMD FX, likely with things like Turbo Core disabled alongside the lower clockspeeds, in order to reach lower pricepoints. Keep in mind that the Phenom II X6 six-cores beat the fastest FX eight-cores in a few benchmarks.
Either way, a news release and official launch are likely coming soon, so we will eventually find out.
(Via X-Bit Labs)