AMD to release Phenom II in January
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) yesterday released their Shanghai server chip
with nine different offerings - five Opterons at 2.3 GHz to 2.7 GHz with dual-socket support, and four at 2.4 GHz to 2.7 GHz with quad-socket support. In conjunction with Shanghai's release, AMD highlighted that their Phenom II X4 'enthusiast' line of desktop CPU's are set for a January 2009 release.
The Phenom II X4 will be released along with an enthusiast platform called "Dragon." Like the server version announced yesterday, the desktop Phenom II will be a quad-core processor with 8 MB cache (6 MB shared L3, 512 KB L2 per core), support for DDR2 and DDR3 memory. Dragon will provide a range of graphics options from low-end to a "terascale graphics engine," overdrive CPU control and a Fusion optimization tool.
Phenom II X4 will reportedly see a move away from enterprise, and a renewed emphasis on value and mainstream markets. Interestingly, AMD has fired a shot at Intel' Nehalem architecture by suggesting that it is out of touch with the marketplace.
AMD's Bob Grim, senior manager of product marketing for AMD's desktop group, categorized Intel's Core i7 as being out of touch with the marketplace. He said, "Expensive motherboards, expensive memory...all expectations says that the processor will be expensive as well." Intel's Core i7 processors priced at $294 for 2.66 GHz, $562 for 2.93 GHz and $999 for 3.20 GHz.
Additional details of Shanghai's release can be found here
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