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[Rumour] AMD Phenom II X4 900T Details

Along with the imminent release of its Phenom II X6 CPUs, AMD will also be releasing Phenom II X4 900T quad-core CPUs. The main difference from the current Phenom II X4 900 products is that the 900T variants will be based on Thuban – i.e. X6 – with 2 cores disabled. The codename for 900T, as we know, is Zosma.

900T will have two major advantages over the 900 series. First of all, the turbo boost introduced in Thuban will carry over to Zosma. So, at least one of 900T’s four cores will be running at a higher clock speed, at least momentarily (details of AMD’s turbo feature is still unknown). Furthermore, the 900T will offer lower power consumption. In every other way, we can expect at least the same, if not some minor improvements.

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Along with the imminent release of its Phenom II X6 CPUs, AMD will also
be releasing Phenom II X4 900T quad-core CPUs. The main difference from
the current Phenom II X4 900 products is that the 900T variants will be
based on Thuban – i.e. X6 – with 2 cores disabled. The codename for
900T, as we know, is Zosma.

900T will have two major advantages over the 900 series. First of all,
the turbo boost introduced in Thuban will carry over to Zosma. So, at
least one of 900T’s four cores will be running at a higher clock speed,
at least momentarily (details of AMD’s turbo feature is still unknown).
Furthermore, the 900T will offer lower power consumption. In every other
way, we can expect at least the same, if not some minor improvements.

The two models being rumoured are the 960T (3.3 GHz) and 940T (3.0 GHz). These are the base frequencies, and the turbo will be notably higher. According to earlier reports, the 960T was expected at 95W TDP – a full 30W below the 965.

The 900T series will co-exist with the aging 900 series, although the 960T will directly replace the 965.

Interestingly, since X4 900T CPUs are nothing but X6 1000T CPUs with 2 cores disabled, a little bit of luck will allow consumers to unlock all 6 cores.

Prices are yet unknown, but it is safe to assume the 900T CPUs will end up below $200.

Reference: Silicon Madness

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