Monday, October 20, 2008

AMD Preps More Dual-Core Microprocessors for Q1 2009 – Rumours

Advanced Micro Devices reportedly readies two new dual-core microprocessors based on the K10 micro-architecture. The new chips were not in the plan several months ago, but the company apparently decided to introduce the new chips in order to stabilize pricing of its dual-core processors aimed at mainstream market.

According to a news-story at Expreview web-site, AMD intends to release Athlon X2 7550 and 7750 chips sometime in Q1 2009. The chips will operate at 2.50GHz and 2.70GHz, feature 1MB of L2 cache [512KB per core], 2MB L3 cache as well as dual-channel DDR2 memory controller. The new products will have thermal design power of 95W, hence, should be compatible with the vast majority of AM2+ mainboards.

The new dual-core AMD Athlon X2 processors are based on the code-named Kuma core, the same one that is already featured in AMD Athlon X2 6500 processor that operates at 2.30GHz.

It is unclear why AMD decided to introduce a new model number sequence for its new dual-core central processing units despite of the fact that the novelties hardly provide tangible performance benefits compared to predecessors.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

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