A look at the 6 newest AMD chips in the Athlon II & Phenom II processor families

Published Date
21 - Sep - 2010
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21 - Sep - 2010
 
A look at the 6 newest AMD chips in the Athlon II & Phenom II pro...

AMD has added 6 new processors to its lineup: three new Athlon II processors and three new Phenom II processors, and lowered the prices of many existing SKUs. These will probably be the latest chips of the generation before Bulldozer, Bobcat, and Fusion hit the stores next year. Just like Bulldozer, all the new chips are compatible with the AM3 socket, and, are also backward compatible with AM2 sockets. This makes them a dream upgrade for those with slightly aging processors on their AM2 motherboards, while those with AM3 motherboards might want to consider the many new options that now fill up all the holes in AMD’s current lineup, from dual-core to hexa-core.

While 5 out of the six new processors give a mere 100MHz speed increase over their predecessors, keep in mind that this is the third such speed increase for the Athlon II portfolio in the past year. The sixth processor is a brand new hexa-core chip that straddles the large gap between the Phenom II X6 1055T and the Phenom II X6 1090T, and gives a 200MHz boost over the former. Let’s check out all the new chips, compared to their predecessors, in the tables below (new processors are highlighted in blue).

Phenom II X6 1075T

 

Model name:

Phenom II X6 1055T
Phenom II X6 1075T
Phenom II X6 1090T BE
Codename:
Thuban
Thuban
Thuban
Process:
45 nm
45 nm
45 nm
CPU Cores:
6
6
6
Clock Speed:
2.8 GHz (3.3 GHz)
3.0 GHz (3.5 GHz)
3.2 GHz (3.6 GHz)
Socket:
AM2 /AM3
AM2 /AM3
AM2 /AM3
L1 Cache:
6 x 128 KB
6 x 128 KB
6 x 128 KB
L2 Cache:
6 x 512 KB
6 x 512 KB
6 x 512 KB
L3 Cache:
6 MB
6 MB
6 MB
HyperTransport:
4000 MT/s
4000 MT/s
4000 MT/s
Thermal Envelope:
125 W
125 W
125 W

Getting a boost from 2.8GHz to 3.0GHz, the Phenom II X6 1075T is identical everywhere else compared to its hexa-core contemporaries. It appears however that it can Tubro CORE more efficiently than even the 1090T, getting a massive 500MHz boost, probably because the 1090T is limited by the 125W thermal envelope. AMD’s MSRP is $245.

Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition

 

Model name:

Phenom II X4 970
Phenom II X4 965
Codename:
Deneb
Deneb
Process:
45 nm
45 nm
CPU Cores:
4
4
Clock Speed:
3.5 GHz
3.4 GHz
Socket:
AM2 /AM3
AM2 /AM3
L1 Cache:
4 x 128 KB
4 x 128 KB
L2 Cache:
4 x 512 KB
4 x 512 KB
L3 Cache:
6 MB
6 MB
HyperTransport:
4000 MT/s
4000 MT/s
Thermal Envelope:
125 W
125 W

This is the first Phenom II quad-core processor to come out for more than a year, and features a 100MHz boost over its predecessor, and sports a MSRP of $185. A Black Edition, you can expect some serious headroom for overclocking.

Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition

 

Model name:

Phenom II X2 560
Phenom II X2 555
Codename:
Calisto
Calisto
Process:
45 nm
45 nm
CPU Cores:
2
2
Clock Speed:
3.3 GHz
3.2 GHz
Socket:
AM2 /AM3
AM2 /AM3
L1 Cache:
2 x 128 KB
2 x 128 KB
L2 Cache:
2 x 512 KB
2 x 512 KB
L3 Cache:
6 MB
6 MB
HyperTransport:
4000 MT/s
4000 MT/s
Thermal Envelope:
80 W
80 W

One of the most sought after segments, the Phenom II X2 560 BE is the direct continuation of the budget powerhouses X2 555 BE and X2 550 BE, each of which provided enthusiast like performance at great prices. The X2 555 raised the 3.1GHz X2 550 by 100MHz and replaced it in price, and the X2 560 does the same thing, giving users a boost of 100MHz when compared to the X2 555, by clocking in at 3.3GHz and chalking up at the same $105 price. Of course, we can’t forget to mention the most exciting aspect of these Phenom II X2 processors – the two locked cores can be unlocked with the correct motherboard. Of course, there’s no guarantee those cores weren’t locked for a reason, namely a manufacturing defect.

 

Read on to check out the specifications of the three Athlon II processors...

 

Athlon II X4 645

Model name:

Athlon II X4 645
Athlon II X4 640
Codename:
Propus
Propus
Process:
45 nm
45 nm
CPU Cores:
4
4
Clock Speed:
3.1 GHz
3.0 GHz
Socket:
AM2 /AM3
AM2 /AM3
L1 Cache:
 4 x 64 KB
4 x 64 KB
L2 Cache:
 4 x 512 KB
4 x 512 KB
HyperTransport:
4000 MT/s
4000 MT/s
Thermal Envelope:
95 W
95 W

Apart from 100MHz increase over the Athlon II X4 640, the X4 645 doesn’t offer much else, except for the great price of course, at $122.

Athlon II X3 450

Model name:

Athlon II X3 450
Athlon II X3 445
Codename:
Rana
Rana
Process:
45 nm
45 nm
CPU Cores:
3
3
Clock Speed:
3.2 GHz
3.1 GHz
Socket:
AM2 /AM3
AM2 /AM3
L1 Cache:
 3 x 64 KB
3 x 64 KB
L2 Cache:
 3 x 512 KB
3 x 512 KB
HyperTransport:
4000 MT/s
4000 MT/s
Thermal Envelope:
95 W
95 W

The X3 lineup of processors, both of the Phenom II and Athlon II families, are great options that straddle the middle ground between dual-cores and quad-cores, while offering great value for money. The Athlon II X3 450 also gets a 100MHz upgrade, and is priced at $87.

Athlon II X2 265

Model name:

Athlon II X2 265
Athlon II X2 260
Codename:
Regor
Regor
Process:
45 nm
45 nm
CPU Cores:
2
2
Clock Speed:
3.3 GHz
3.2 GHz
Socket:
AM2 /AM3
AM2 /AM3
L1 Cache:
2 x 64 KB
2 x 64 KB
L2 Cache:
2 x 1 MB
2 x 1 MB
HyperTransport:
4000 MT/s
4000 MT/s
Thermal Envelope:
65 W
65 W

Among the fastest dual-core processors on the market right now, the Athlon II X2 265 is power efficient, features 2MB of L2 cache, and is priced brilliantly at $76. However, you might consider buying the Athlon II X3 450 instead, as it is just about $10 more and gives you one more core to play with.

AMD has also released three new low-power processors, dubbed the Athlon IIe family, and they are currently only available to OEMs. The models are the 3.0 GHz Athlon II X2 250e, the 2.6 GHz Athlon II X3 420e, and the 2.5 GHz Athlon II X4 615e, each of which features a maximum TDP of 45W.

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