Friday, April 18th 2008

12-core CPUs From AMD on Their Way

Shanghai, the 45nm core from AMD, is likely to debut late this year. It will be similar in many aspects to the currently-availabe B3 stepping of the Socket 1207 Opteron (Barcelona) shipping today. Unlike Barcelona however, which has its HyperTransport 3.0 clock generator fused off, Shangai should utilize HyperTransport 3.0 for inter-CPU communication. Also, AMD has a new "native six-core" Shanghai derivative in store, currently codenamed Istanbul. This processor is clearly targeted at Intel's recently announced six-core, 45nm Dunnington processor. AMD plans to utilize 2 Istanbul cores to create a 12-core CPU, where both cores will communicate with each other via HyperTransport 3.0. A quad-channel memory controller may also be possible. All new Shanghai CPUs should be backwards compatible with existing Socket 1207 motherboards.

Shanghai is currently taped out and running Windows at AMD.Source: DailyTech
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72 Comments on 12-core CPUs From AMD on Their Way

#1
GSG-9
I sure hope this is an Ace for AMD, they need to come ahead again, (and possibly not lose money in a Q4 of 08?)
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#2
paybackdaman
Sounds like they are trying to win over the business world like Intel did in the 90's. AMD, I think, is more interested in getting their money from corporations and big business then from individuals. AMD is becoming Intel in the 80's and 90's.
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#3
a111087
go AMD!!! this is like Intel's approach and i think they will do great if 45nm will cut the power requirements by about half or so
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#4
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
45nm wont cut any power at all unless they change the voltage manuf. size makes no difference in heat generated
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#5
mdm-adph
So... will we have Intel aficionados complaining that this isn't a "native" 12-core chip? :laugh:
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#6
a111087
by: mdm-adph
So... will we have Intel aficionados complaining that this isn't a "native" 12-core chip? :laugh:
alright, no need to agitate. AMD users also used "duct tape" phrases :laugh:
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#8
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: mdm-adph
So... will we have Intel aficionados complaining that this isn't a "native" 12-core chip? :laugh:
no cause they wont have a native 12core either
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#9
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Wow, this is surprising news. I didnt think they would do a 12 die true core so this is pretty awesome. Wonder what they got for the Socket AM2/AM2+/AM3 deal.
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#10
a111087
by: WarEagleAU
I didnt think they would do a 12 die true core so this is pretty awesome.
lol, its just 6 true core die and 12core is just 2dies
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#11
jbunch07
glad to see this!
AMD ftw!
i really hope this helps them out.
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#12
Morgoth
just wait. just wait
nehalem wil eat this 12 cored cpu as luanche
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#13
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
ummm no they have run several test the phenom 9850 stacks dead even against the intel Q9650 @ the same 3.2ghz
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#14
Ravenas
I suspect poor OCing performance on the horizon from 12 core AMDs!
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#15
jbunch07
great...not another AMD v.s.Intel thread....i thought this topic was about AMD!?
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#16
patton45
poor oc performance if this current generation even after the b3 stepping fix is any indication amd chips will be a big pain in the but to oc
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#17
[I.R.A]_FBi
by: jbunch07
great...not another AMD v.s.Intel thread....i thought this topic was about AMD!?
It not a versus, its just facts ..Current Phenoms suck.
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#18
a111087
alright, the oc perf. of amd cpu's was never as great as Intel cpu's and yet people were buying it, so...
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#19
a111087
by: [I.R.A]_FBi
It not a versus, its just facts ..Current Phenoms suck.
this is sad but i have to agree, so far phenom has not proven to be better that intel offerings
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#20
suraswami
by: cdawall
ummm no they have run several test the phenom 9850 stacks dead even against the intel Q9650 @ the same 3.2ghz
Any link?
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#21
a111087
by: suraswami
Any link?
+1
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#22
patton45
i just hope its not like the pentium d's which maximum pc called two duck taped together p4's it was great at encoding/decoding but any other bechmark it got smacked by amd i hope that amd puts the cores together like intel does with their quad cores. it will be interesting to see how it fairs considering intel only plans to have octa cores out by the end of 08 start of 09
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#23
cool_recep
Istanbul, a city in Turkey, formerly named Konstantinopolis, the city where i live....Nice...
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#24
panchoman
Sold my stars!
notice that amd finnally got their shit together after one of the main guys from amd resigned.
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#25
spearman914
I was like "HOLY ****" when I read the title. I thought you meant AMD will release CPUs with "12" cores so we should call it triple quad cores.
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