amd cpu transition AMD plans to phase out its AM3 Phenom IIs ASAP

We've already seen plans to AMD to phase out its first generation of both APU's and AM3+ CPU's fairly quickly in favour for some kind of improved models. But what about its current socket AM3 CPU's? Well, it looks like the company is planning to phase them out even quicker.

We've already seen plans to AMD to phase out its first generation of both APU's and AM3+ CPU's fairly quickly in favour for some kind of improved models. But what about its current socket AM3 CPU's? Well, it looks like the company is planning to phase them out even quicker.

The Phenom II's are the first ones to go as AMD is expecting to have phased them out entirely by Q3, although this might have been shifted by a quarter by now, since as you can see, AMD expected to have both the A-series and the new FX-series out in the market at Q2, while they're only just making that date for the A-series.

That said it's fairly certain we can expect the Phenom II's to be gone by Q4 this year and the Athlon II's are following the same destiny, although they might still be around early next year in small quantities if there's still demand for them.

amd cpu transition AMD plans to phase out its AM3 Phenom IIs ASAP

By Q1 next year, unless of course AMD decided to delay its plans by a quarter, all we're left with is the E-series at the entry-level, the A-series as AMD's main product and the FX-series being AMD's enthusiast platform having what AMD seems to expect, a similar share with the E-series of its total shipments.

The current E-series of APUs will also be phased out with the single core E-240 being the first to go in Q4, having been replaced by the dual core E-300 model in Q3. The E-350 will hang around until Q1 2012, although it's more powerful sibling, the E-450 should launch in Q3 as well and it's going to be the really interesting part to watch as although it's only 50MHz faster it will feature an improved graphics core and support for faster DDR3 1333MHz memory.

On a side note, only AMD's A-series of APU's will support Blu-ray 3D playback, so if you're planning on building an HTPC based on the E-series, think again if you want to watch Blu-ray 3D content. This includes the socket FM1 E2-3200 as well, but overall it's a minor consideration for most consumers.