AMD Triple-Core CPUs to Launch in Feb. '08 - HotHardware
AMD Triple-Core CPUs to Launch in Feb. '08

AMD Triple-Core CPUs to Launch in Feb. '08

We now have a launch date, or at least launch month, for AMD's triple-core CPUs, which they announced in September.

AMD recently notified its partners that it plans to launch two triple-core CPUs (Toliman) in February next year while two dual-core CPUs (Kuma) will appear by the end of the second quarter, according to sources at motherboard makers.

The triple-core 7700 and 7600 will have core frequencies of 2.5GHz and 2.3GHz, respectively, and a TDP of 89W. frequencies for the dual-core 6250 and 6050 have not yet been set, but the CPUs will have a TDP of 65W, the sources revealed.

Pricing: still unknown, and it's pricing that will tell if these can compete with Intel's offerings.

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why triple cores it would seem to me that i would be harder to make than quad cores...

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I believe AMD is actually taking advantage of the inevitability of a single core of 4 to be bad on a single die. They are simply disabling this bad core and selling it as a triple core CPU.

When some dude in Taiwan give you lemons, make a triple core CPU instead.

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I'm not sure about some dude in Taiwan giving AMD a lemon (probably more like standard process fallout, no matter where it's fab'ed) but that's essentially exactly what AMD is doing, because they can. Intel's architecture doesn't lend itself to this as easily.

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Thats what I heard at all -- it makes one think about the possibility of unlocking cores (whether it be a physical circuit mod(s) or some weird sort of software mod -- either way a CPU would be a bit tougher than a GFX card or something. It'll be fun to see however

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I think what AMD is doing is probably using 3 cores to beat the heck out of 4'cores, think about it for a sec? 3 cores beating 4'cores in perfomance with less heat? it could be done i think AMD is going back to their roots low cost + high perfomance = AMD!!

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kid007:
I think what AMD is doing is probably using 3 cores to beat the heck out of 4'cores

I dunno if I buy into that so much -- I am not denying the performance, but it'd be tough to outperform a similiar CPU with one less core. It'd be kinda like a 3cylinder car vs 4cylinder; unless the 3cyl had a HUGE block or something it wouldn't be thought of as "do-able". I feel its more of a budget-type deal to help consumers save a bit and still get a >2 core CPU.

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 AMD has been outperforming INTEL with slower chips since I can remember.  Your comparison of a 3 cylinder car to a 4 cylinder car isn't really an accurate comparison.  More like a 3 speed auto to a 4 speed auto.  If you tune it right, the 3 speed can whoop the 4 speed..

 

 

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Yeah that sounded ridiculous :p

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the good thing is that one or more opinions always sound "ridiculous" until they are proven right. but as always i let time speak for itself, and the ridiculous become a fact!

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Some of us old folks remember the days when AMD would pin-out chips with bad math co-processor sections and market them as 386SX and then 486SX. Sweet. None of us ever did any big math or ran software that would access a math co-processor anyway, so when we could find an SX boy was that a SCORE.
I owned a Computer Store at the time ROCKIT! COMPUTERS right in front of a Walmart so when people saw the simple banner ROCKIT! COMPUTERS then often dropped in. This was in 1993 I think and 486s man, you treated like gold. Probably the sweetest CPU I ever owned was an AMD 386SX cuz I was running faster than anyone else on the planet for half the bucks, and it ran Desqview great. DV was a text-based ("DOS" to many of you) multi-tasker -- the only thing that took advantage of the new 286's ability to multi-task in hardware (the CPU chip itself.) So when the 386 came along in 32 bits, as an AMD so it was cheaper, and no co-processor SX so even cheaper still, my four-line BBS really cranked! I had the fast modeming in the state at the time, with all 2400 baud modems which also did a version of 9600 baud (it determined which direction a packet was going in and then put both channels of 4800 baud in the same direction. When the packet was done, it switched back to 4800/4800. Only we and everyone in Hong Kong used these for about a year and a half while everyone else was booting Windoz3.0 into DOS mode to use their 2400 modems. We had a lot of fun.
Wow, I haven't thought about these things in years. Anyone else that all rings a bell with, my email is mwalsh7782@yahoo.com -- I'm not on FIDO net --- is it even around anymore?
Three core AMD? Right up my alley!
Michael

PS One thing I should have mentioned. Since SX wasn't understood by people and every rich idiot who wanted to play solitaire NEEDED "everything" and therefor a math co-processor (which in pre-386 days had it's own socket before being integrated into the CPU) anyway, because they're odd, people denigrate them and that means the price drops quicker. Wait and see if shortly after release or even at release, a tri-core is the biggest bang-for the buck on the market.
I'm going to watch and if that happens, I'll buy one. Otherwise, I'll stick to my Athlon 64 until it dies or something AMD inspires me. I've never owned an Intel. First CPU was a V20 running at 16mz while Intel 8088s where still at 12mz. I learned my lesson early.

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And there's your piece of CPU history for the day.

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Heh...that made me a chuckle.

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