AMD To Release Tri-Core CPUs?

AMD To Release Tri-Core CPUs?

Another one from the rumor mill over at the Inq, but it seems possible that AMD might actually release a three core CPU. At first glance such a story might seem like the wild tales of journalists who are off their meds, but there may actually be a few advantages of losing a core.

Consider that Barcelona just debuted at 2.0GHz with four cores and AMD claims that the chip will scale up to higher clock speeds before the end of the year. Just how far is unclear, but the number 2.5GHz has been tossed around quite frequently. Now imagine if they were only working with three cores instead of four. What clock speed could a tri-core Barcelona hit? What programs might benefit from this? Here's what Charlie has to say on the subject:

“On the technical side, this is pretty trivial to do: three to core four is just a fuse to blow. What it gets you is a whole lot of choices. Remember the smooth run of SKUs, that was the beginning. If your clocks are thermally constrained, having three instead of four cores gives you a bin or two of speed. Given how few games use a second core fully, this might be a real win.”

Is the tri-core K10 all smoke and mirrors or a viable product?  Let us know your thoughts on the subject.

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we've seen tri-core cpus, ever heard of the xbox 360? yeah it has a tri-core, or at least did, and it came with major heat problems, understandable as they don't exactly have a lian-li enclosure, but still, it seems to me that programming for 2 cores is hard enough, 4 cores might be a smooth transition as it is a multiple of 2, but to go to three, i think this might not be as smooth, or worth it for the speed gain versus power loss

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AMD seems to be having its back to the wall for about a year or so now that any avenue for possible comeback bids is welcome news to those of us who do not wish to see a complete Intel stranglehold on x86 business with all of its dire consequences.

AMD should lose no time getting samples of this tri-core off its fabs and show the world what it can do.

Come to think of it, this could be the advantage of AMD's having done a native quad-core -- so that it could now do a tri-core quickly without any ready response from Intel.





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