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AMD Confirms Triple-Core processors

Triple-Core Phenoms expected in Q1 2008

September 17, 2007 - Today, AMD officially announced its upcoming Triple-Core processors, confirming earlier messages. The parts, actually being Quad-Core K10 dies, come with one of the four cores disabled.

Apart from a better production yield, this allows AMD to close the gap in the product portfolio between the mainstream Dual-Core processors and the expensive, high-end Quad-Core CPUs. We think there's a sweet spot between dual and quad, Brent Barry, a product manager in the AMD's Desktop division, told ExtremeTech. Dual-Core has been serving the mainstream quite well. Quad is something really being picked up on the enthusiast side. But there's kind of this tech savvy media expert mainstream segment who we think needs the additional performance that Triple-Core can deliver over Dual-Core.

According to The Inquirer, the Triple-Cores are code named Toliman and Heka for the Socket AM2+ and Socket AM3 version, respectively.

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The Triple-Core Phenom processors are expected to be available in Q1 of next year, following the introduction of the Quad-Core Phenom CPUs later this quarter.

Core Name Number of cores Socket Cache Interfaces Introduction date
Agena Phenom X4 Quad-Core Socket AM2+ 512 kbyte L2 per core, 2 Mbyte shared L3 DDR2, HT 3.0 December 2007
Deneb Phenom X4 Quad-Core Socket AM2+/AM3 shared L3 DDR2/3, HT 3.0 H2 2008
Propus Phenom X4 Quad-Core Socket AM2+ no L3 DDR2/3, HT 3.0 H2 2008
Toliman "Phenom X3" Triple-Core Socket AM2+ 512 kbyte L2 per core, 2 Mbyte shared L3 DDR2, HT 3.0 Q1 2008
Heka "Phenom X3" Triple-Core Socket AM3 shared/no L3 DDR2/3, HT 3.0 H1 2009
Rana Athlon X2 Dual-Core Socket AM2+ 512 kbyte L2 per core, no L3 DDR2, HT 3.0 December 2007
Kuma Phenom X2 Dual-Core Socket AM2+ 512 kbyte L2 per core, 2 Mbyte shared L3 DDR2, HT 3.0 H1 2008
Regor Phenom X2 Dual-Core Socket AM3 shared/no L3 DDR2/3, HT 3.0 H1 2009
Agena FX Phenom FX Quad-Core Socket AM2+ 512 kbyte L2 per core, 2 Mbyte shared L3 DDR2, HT 3.0 December 2007
Deneb FX Phenom FX Quad-Core Socket AM2+/AM3 shared L3 DDR2/3, HT 3.0 H2 2008

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