With the AMD Phenom II X6 series releasing tomorrow, AMD’s CPU line-up is set for shuffle. AMD’s new flagship, as expected, will be the Phenom II X6 1090T BE, which is a 3.2 GHz six-core CPU with Turbo Core of 3.6 GHz. It is expected to be priced in the $300 range, a direct competitor to Intel’s cheapest Core i7 800 series CPU. The other two Phenom II X6 at release will be the 1035T and the 1055T. The 1055T, 2.8 GHz, is expected to be priced against the Core i5 750 at $200, with the 1035T ending up sub-$200. The gap between the 1055T and the 1090T will be filled by the 1075T, 3.0 GHz, 3.5 GHz Turbo, in Q3 2010.

The other new product – Phenom II X4 900T series – is being shifted back to Q3 2010. The 960T will be clocked at 3.0 GHz, with 3.4 GHz Turbo Core and is nothing but a Thuban six-core CPU with two cores disabled.

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With the AMD Phenom II X6 series releasing tomorrow, AMD’s CPU line-up
is set for shuffle. AMD’s new flagship, as expected, will be the Phenom
II X6 1090T BE, which is a 3.2 GHz six-core CPU with Turbo Core of 3.6
GHz. It is expected to be priced in the $300 range, a direct competitor
to Intel’s cheapest Core i7 800 series CPU. The other two Phenom II X6
at release will be the 1035T and the 1055T. The 1055T, 2.8 GHz, is
expected to be priced against the Core i5 750 at $200, with the 1035T
ending up sub-$200. The gap between the 1055T and the 1090T will be
filled by the 1075T, 3.0 GHz, 3.5 GHz Turbo, in Q3 2010.

The other new product – Phenom II X4 900T series – is being shifted back
to Q3 2010. The 960T will be clocked at 3.0 GHz, with 3.4 GHz Turbo
Core and is nothing but a Thuban six-core CPU with two cores disabled.

The Phenom II X4 900 series, based on the native quad core, will continue to sell parallel to the 900T series.

The current Phenom II X4 800 and Phenom II X3 700 series CPUs are set to reach EOL at the end Q3 2010, and it is unknown as to whether they will be replaced.

Moving to the Phenom II X2 500 series, basically a Phenom II quad core with two cores disabled, is set for a new product – the Phenom II X2 560, clocked at 3.3 GHz – in Q3 2010. The Phenom II X2 series has proved to be popular, thanks to high clock speeds, full 6MB L3 cache, a good chance of unlocking all four cores, and an incredible sub-$100 price tag.

The Athlon II X4 600 series, credited with making quad core CPUs affordable, will be refreshed in Q3 2010 with the 3.1 GHz Athlon II X4 645, replacing the 640. A further refresh in Q4 2010 will introduce the X4 650, clocked at 3.2 GHz. As a result, the 630 and 635 are expected to be EOLed in Q3 2010 and Q4 2010 respectively.

Athlon II X3 and X2 series follow a similar patterns – with 0.1 GHz increments every quarter. The 3.2 GHz X3 450 and 3.3 GHz X2 265 release in Q3, followed by the 3.3 GHz 455 and 3.4 GHz X2 270 in Q4 2010. Like the Athlon II X4 series, the entry CPU will be EOLed by each new refresh. It is worth noting that unlike the Phenom II X2, the Athlon II X2 is based on a native dual-core design – thus no chance of core unlocking.

Finally, at the very entry level, the single core 2.8 GHz Sempron 145 will be replaced by the 2.9 GHz Sempron 150 in Q4 2010.

Besides these minor speed bumps, there will be no significantly new AMD CPUs after the Phenom II X6 (Thuban) and Phenom II X4 900T (Zosma) CPUs till Llano APU in early 2011. AMD’s true next-gen architecture, Bulldozer, will be released in the form of the Zambezi CPU with up to 8 cores. The schedule for Zambezi is still rather vague at “2011″.

AMD’s line-up is rather crowded and confusing, with soon to be 9 series of products in a tight space of under $300. However, this does mean there’s a CPU in there for everyone, with various combinations of clock speed, cache size, core count, unlockability, etc. As we know, AMD CPUs under $150 are the price-performance champions, and we can hope that Thuban CPUs will finally pose a challenge to Intel’s brilliant Lynnfield CPUs.