According to Digitimes, AMD is making several changes to its CPU schedules, particularly corresponding to the Phenom II line. Phenom II X4 910 and 945 are EOL already. AMD will stop taking orders for a whole raft of CPUs starting Q1 2010. These CPUs will be currently existing steppings of Phenom II X4 925, 965, 810; Phenom II X3 720; Phenom II X2 540; Athlon II X4 620; and Athlon II X3 425.

A new stepping of Phenom II CPUs is expected to hit, reducing power consumptions of several Phenom II products. Phenom II X4 955 is expected to move to 95W, Phenom II X4 965 to 125W. A new Phenom II X4 965, clocked at 3.6 GHz is also rumoured as part of this new stepping.

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According to Digitimes, AMD is making several changes to its CPU
schedules, particularly corresponding to the Phenom II line. Phenom II
X4 910 and 945 are EOL already. AMD will stop taking orders for a whole
raft of CPUs starting Q1 2010. These CPUs will be currently existing
steppings of Phenom II X4 925, 965, 810; Phenom II X3 720; Phenom II X2
540; Athlon II X4 620; and Athlon II X3 425.

A new stepping of Phenom II CPUs is expected to hit, reducing power
consumptions of several Phenom II products. Phenom II X4 955 is expected
to move to 95W, Phenom II X4 965 to 125W. A new Phenom II X4 965,
clocked at 3.6 GHz is also rumoured as part of this new stepping.

Along with new Phenom II X4s, we can also expected new Phenom II X3 and X2 CPUs, as they are harvested from the same die. Phenom II X3 740, 3.0 GHz and Phenom II X2 555, 3.2 GHz are rumoured.

As we know, AMD is preparing for a new six-core CPU, codenamed Thuban, for launch in Q2 2010. Thuban will be based on the six-core server CPU Istanbul. It will be manufactured on the same 45nm process, will fit into socket AM3 and pack in 3MB L2 cache and 6MB L3 cache. Digitimes suggests the six-core desktop CPU is expected to run at 2.8 GHz, while previous rumours suggest 3.0 GHz. Intel will release it’s Gulftown 6-core CPU, but that will be part of a totally different market. We can expect Thuban to go up against the cheaper Lynnfield CPUs (Core i5 750/i7 860). It will be an interesting battle; 50% more cores vs. significant IPC advantage.

On the Athlon II side of things, we can expect faster models replacing the currently available CPUs, such as the 2.9 GHz Athlon II X4 635, and the 3.1 GHz Athlon II X3 445. Faster Athlon II X2 variants are also expected, as the slower models reach EOL.

2010 will undoubtedly be a tough year for AMD, as Intel has a formidable line-up. AMD’s current price/performance advantage in the <$200 segment will be severely threatened with the release of Clarkdale Core i3/i5 CPUs in January 2010. AMD’s only hope remains to fight with value alternatives till 32nm, Fusion and next-gen Bulldozer architecture release in 2011.

Reference: Digitimes