Rumor: AMD Triple-Core CPUs To Launch In March

As with all rumors, please take the following with a grain of salt.  A new rumor is being circulated that AMD's upcoming triple-core CPUs are likely to hit the shelves sometime in March 2008:

“AMD will launch two B2 stepping triple-core CPUs, Phenom 8600 and 8400 in March of next year, while in the second quarter, the company will launch three more models, Phenom 8700, 8650 and 8450.

The Phenom 8400 and 8600 will feature core frequencies of 2.1GHz and 2.3GHz, respectively, while the Phenom 8700 will clock at 2.4GHz. Phenom 8650 and 8450 will be based on B3 stepping cores, and will have frequencies of 2.3GHz and 2.1GHz, respectively. All five CPUs will have a 95W TDP.

The high price/performance ratio of the triple-core CPUs could force Intel to cut prices of its quad-core products which could cause higher-end models to cut into sales of lower-end CPUs, noted the sources. However, AMD could also face the same problem, they added.”

We're hoping that the Phenom 8000 series launches at more than 2.3 GHz, but we're not exactly sure what to expect from AMD at this point.  We'll bring you further updates on the tri-core CPUs as soon as those details become available.