AMD to bring 6-core ‘Thuban’ Processor To Consumers
Looks like AMD is going all out in the War of Cores, while everyone might be worried about the platform compatibility. No worries – it is backward compatible with AM3 and AM2+ boards
Looks like AMD is going all out in the War of Cores, while everyone
might be worried about the platform compatibility. No worries – it is backward compatible with AM3 and AM2+ boards
According to source, AMD’s chip is codenamed Thuban and will feature all six cores on single
45nm die. Also, it will feature an integrated DDR3 controller. The chip will most probably have 3MB of L2 and 6MB of L3 cache.
No specific branding or clock speed was revealed by AMD to the source, until then, you may call it a “Phenom X6″. However, Thuban is derivative of the six-core Opteron chip which made its earlier this summer.
Getting excited ? Thuban is not due until sometime next year though.
“We are all about platform longevity and long-lived upgrade paths,” and
AMD spokesman said in a sideways ding at its competitor Intel which has
a penchant for requiring new sockets for its CPUs. Intel currently has
three different socket infrastructures on its desktop computers – all
incompatible. The confirmation also comes one day before Intel’s
three-day IDF conference which usually blots out all news from
competitors for days.
Backward compatibility is definitely good news here, lets see how AMD’s Thubian will contest against Intel’s Gulftown.