AMD's Phenom Quad-Cores Pegged For November Debut

Although AMD publicly planned a 2H 2007 introduction back in May, news of a November release of the company's quad-core Phenom desktop processor line has recently come out of Taipei. Phenom is now the official product name for what was previously known by the code name "Agena". AMD appears to be poised to drop three quad Phenom parts and one dual-core Phenom before 2007 is out. Five additional quads and six more dual-core Phenoms will join the family in 2008. An added sales pitch for Phenom is that it can support two-socket motherboards. This means you will be able to pack eight total physical cores into one desktop.

The Athlon 64 FX chips are expected to remain but other Athlon CPUs are probably on their way out. It's also likely that AMD will add some new Athlon 64 FX SKUs, with higher clock speeds, to the family. As for the Athlon X2 line, which qualifies as AMD's "mainstream" dual-core family, the center of gravity appears to be moving away from the tried-and-true 90-nm parts such as the 4X00+, 5X00+ and 6000+ line. The Athlon X2 action has shifted to 45nm parts fabricated using 65-nm SOI (silicon-on-insulator) technology. Expect to see more SKUs in roughly the same timeframe as the Phenom intros.

News source: InformationWeek

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Intel will respond with the Wolfdale and Yorkfield cores and their attendant DDR3 memory support (coincidentally, those are expected late 2007/ early 2008)

Zyphrax said,
How will Intel respond?

Intel needs not to response as new AMD line is just a rival product for future Intel products, in fact this is AMD's response to the entire core2 line that left AMD in ruins.

Intel's roadmap promises higher performance 1 year ahead of AMD's roadmap

Beastage said,

Intel needs not to response as new AMD line is just a rival product for future Intel products, in fact this is AMD's response to the entire core2 line that left AMD in ruins.

Intel's roadmap promises higher performance 1 year ahead of AMD's roadmap

I tend to agree that Intel are ahead for the time being, Yorkfield will most likely be the next killer CPU and it what probably will replace my current AMD X2 machine at the end of the year unless the Phenom proves to be "better". Also looking forward to the new chipsets to match with SATA3, DDR3 etc...

Zyphrax said,
How will Intel respond?

How will AMD respond?

Oh wait...this is suppose to beat Intel?.....
Well more money AMD has wasted seeing as C2Ds will problably still kill this Phenom crap.

Note than an added sales pitch for Phenom is that it can support two-socket motherboards. This means you will be able to pack eight total physical cores into one desktop (since two sockets with a quad devices in each equals eight).

Let's see how the chips perform when released; it could be promising.

I still think that's a horrible name. Wasn't there a kid's show named Phenom once? The AMD Phenom, the processor of choice for grade school valley girls.

Well, that date's a big disappointment, and one that will end in me buying a Penryn Q6600 ( or 6700 if I can afford it ) in a few months' time... Ah well, I expect AMD will have it all sorted out again eventually.

What an intelligent post. Calling people losers makes you appear so smart and mature. No matter which "side" you are on, as if it were necessary to choose sides, AMD has NOT been keeping up with Intel. They've been losing billions and their old processors are nowhere even remotely close to being as fast and efficient as the Core 2 line.

8 cores may corner the highend workstation market depending on the price/performance differance between a dual socket XEON system.

Looks as though Penryn will crap all over it though, due to smaller process, it will naturally be a better overclocker. Plus the support for SSE4 and DDR3...:/

Its a cycle anywho... AMD will be back in a few years time with something revolutionary.

Untill then, lets not forget both businesses are making plenty of money

I've given up on AMD, they have to many paper launches now. Barcelona has been hyped for months and it's still a no show.

How long has C2D been on the market ?

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