Tuesday, March 23rd 2010

AMD Phenom II X4 T Series Detailed

In a few weeks' time, AMD will be releasing its brand new set of six-core Phenom II X6 processors. These processors are based on the "Thuban" core, which is a socket AM3 implementation of the Istanbul six-core architecture. Along with as many as four Phenom II X6 models including a high-end Black Edition part, AMD will be introducing new quad-core processors under the Phenom II X4 T series. Some of the first two models in this series includes the Phenom II X4 960T and Phenom II X4 940T.

The Phenom II X4 960T operates at 3.30 GHz, while the 940T runs at 3.00 GHz. What makes these chips different from existing chips based on the Deneb die is that it is in fact based on the Thuban die with two cores disabled. The resulting quad-core chip is codenamed Zosma. The other characteristic feature about not only Zosma, but also Thuban in general, is the introduction of a feature called "Turbo Core". The feature senses performance needs and steps up clock speeds of some cores, while powering down others. The stepping up of clock speed happens on the fly, and using a jump in BClk multiplier by a few units. The new chips also come with the unofficial incentive of being able to unlock the two disabled cores to turn it into a six-core chip. Unlocking may not work in all cases.Source: Silicon Madness
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41 Comments on AMD Phenom II X4 T Series Detailed

#1
runnin17
I know this is probably a dumb question at this point, but any news on pricing???
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#2
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
Very interesting, can't wait, but not sure if I will be able to get one or not, would really liek to go for a Thuban of some sort.
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#3
Zubasa
Do Want. :rockout:
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#4
[I.R.A]_FBi
for the first time in 5 years im sad i dont own an AMD board
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#5
Initialised
Which cases will unlocking not work in? Will it work in a Cosmos for example?
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#6
JATownes
by: Initialised
Which cases will unlocking not work in? Will it work in a Cosmos for example?
:roll: I think he means in certain instances unlocking will not work...has nothing to do with your chassis. :slap:
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#8
AlienIsGOD
ROFL COPTER....seriously tho, if there's a good success rate on unlocking the two cores then these will sell very well and I may get one instead of the $199 X6.
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#9
AlienIsGOD
by: Initialised
Which cases will unlocking not work in? Will it work in a Cosmos for example?
Best. Comment. Evah!!!!!
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#10
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Initialised
Which cases will unlocking not work in? Will it work in a Cosmos for example?
Neither, suit-cases.
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#12
tonyd223
laughed my head off - god I love playing the AMD Core lottery
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#13
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
could this T series unlock to 6 core stable?
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#14
Kenshai
by: brandonwh64
could this T series unlock to 6 core stable?
There's the chance, since the 2 cores are disabled.
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#15
JATownes
by: brandonwh64
could this T series unlock to 6 core stable?
Only if you have Lian Li or Silverstone cases. :D
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#16
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I WANT ONE!!! I cant wait, looks like Ill have to take out a loan rofl.
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#17
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
I still think I want a real 6 core
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#18
WSP
what differences between thuban X4 and deneb X4?
is there a new instruction set?
no 32nm AMD this year?
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#20
HalfAHertz
by: WSP
what differences between thuban X4 and deneb X4?
is there a new instruction set?
no 32nm AMD this year?
It has turbo boost.
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#21
WSP
that's it? just turbo boost?
AMD should've done better than that to keep with Intel.
everytime Intel launches a new generation of cpu, it thrown a new instruction set, which in turns, makes processor execute apps faster.

btw, this is an info about thuban pricing:

Phenom II X6 Six Core
1090T Black Edition: 125(W), AM3 Socket, 9MB Cache, 3.2 GHz Freq @ 295 USD
1055T: 125(W), AM3 Socket, 9MB Cache, 2.8 GHz Freq @ 199 USD

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and yes...no AM2+ support. it's dead already. no future support for 'em. but as always..you can put AM3 processors on an AM2+ mobo.not sure with thuban though
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#22
LittleLizard
is it me or intel and amd copy themselves each tecnology.

Eg: Hypertransport >>>> QPI
On die memory controller >>>>> Intel same
Intel's turbo >>>>>> AMD's turbo
True quad core arquitecture (amd) >>>>>> True quad core arquitecture (Intel i7 and later)

what will be in the next few years? Intel's fusion? :shadedshu
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#23
suraswami
by: WSP
that's it? just turbo boost?
AMD should've done better than that to keep with Intel.
everytime Intel launches a new generation of cpu, it thrown a new instruction set, which in turns, makes processor execute apps faster.

btw, this is an info about thuban pricing:

Phenom II X6 Six Core
1090T Black Edition: 125(W), AM3 Socket, 9MB Cache, 3.2 GHz Freq @ 295 USD
1055T: 125(W), AM3 Socket, 9MB Cache, 2.8 GHz Freq @ 199 USD

source

and yes...no AM2+ support. it's dead already. no future support for 'em. but as always..you can put AM3 processors on an AM2+ mobo.not sure with thuban though
I believe these X6 have both DDR2 and DDR3 memory controllers, so if bios update is there most 125W capable AM2+ boards can support these.
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#24
tonyd223
I'm sat here on 8Gb of DDR2 - my god - have you seen the price of memory at the moment! Bloody hell, is there something happening that I don't know about (lots)... so I'd love these chips to work on my 790GX with DDR2...
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#25
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
I'm going to try and snag one on release day and I would love to try it with my ch2 and ch3 who knows it may run ddr2 unofficially
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