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New AMD Processors: December 2010

AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Review: The New Six-Core Flagship
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Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition


Phenom II X6 1100T BE
Phenom II X6 1090T BEPhenom II X6 1075T
Codename: ThubanThubanThuban
Process: 45 nm 45 nm 45 nm
CPU Cores: 6
6
6
Clock Speed (Max Turbo): 3.3 GHz (3.7 GHz)
3.2 GHz (3.6 GHz)3.0 GHz (3.5 GHz)
Socket: AM2+/AM3AM2+/AM3AM2+/AM3
L1 Cache: 6 x 128 KB
6 x 128 KB6 x 128 KB
L2 Cache: 6 x 512 KB
6 x 512 KB6 x 512 KB
L3 Cache: 6 MB
6 MB6 MB
HyperTransport: 4000 MT/s4000 MT/s4000 MT/s
Thermal Envelope:
125 W
125 W125 W

The Phenom II X6 1100T is AMD’s new flagship model, displacing the Phenom II X6 1090T’s top spot. With a base 3.3 GHz clock and a maximum Turbo CORE speed of 3.7 GHz, this new CPU basically increments the X6 lineup by 100 MHz compared to its predecessor. The real news here is that the Phenom II X6 1100T is priced at $265, $30 cheaper than the 1090T's launch MSRP.

Even more impressive is that the Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition can be had for $230 on Newegg right now, and the Phenom II X6 1075T is available for a flat $200. This aggressive pricing drives the cost of six-core computing down quickly, and folks looking for a new workstation PC should be giving the Phenom II X6 line some serious consideration if you're comfortable with desktop-class components.

Phenom II X2 565 Black Edition


Phenom II X2 565Phenom II X2 560Phenom II X2 555
Codename: Callisto
Callisto
Callisto
Process: 45 nm 45 nm 45 nm
CPU Cores: 2 2 2
Clock Speed: 3.4 GHz
3.3 GHz3.2 GHz
Socket: AM2+/AM3AM2+/AM3AM2+/AM3
L1 Cache: 2 x 128 KB
2 x 128 KB2 x 128 KB
L2 Cache: 2 x 512 KB
2 x 512 KB2 x 512 KB
L3 Cache: 6 MB
6 MB6 MB
HyperTransport: 4000 MT/s4000 MT/s4000 MT/s
Thermal Envelope:
80 W
80 W80 W

As with the Phenom II X6 1100T, AMD's Phenom II X2 565 gets a 100 MHz speed boost, up to 3.4 GHz. The $115 MSRP buys 6 MB of L3 cache and the Black Edition’s unlocked multiplier for simpler overclocking endeavors.

As with all of the Phenom II X2 line there's a chance (not a guarantee) that some dormant CPU cores can be enabled, morphing this budget CPU into a triple-core Phenom II X3 or quad-core Phenom II X4.

Athlon II X3 455


Athlon II X3 455Athlon II X3 450Athlon II X3 445
Codename: RanaRanaRana
Process: 45 nm 45 nm 45 nm
CPU Cores: 3
33
Clock Speed: 3.3 GHz
3.2 GHz3.1 GHz
Socket: AM2+/AM3AM2+/AM3AM2+/AM3
L1 Cache:   3 x 64 KB
3 x 64 KB3 x 64 KB
L2 Cache:   3 x 512 KB
3 x 512 KB3 x 512 KB
HyperTransport: 4000 MT/s
4000 MT/s4000 MT/s
Thermal Envelope:
95 W
95 W95 W

Guess how much faster the new Athlon II X3 455 is compared to the older 450 model? If you guessed 100 MHz, give yourself a cookie. While the speed bump is hard to get excited about, an $87 triple-core CPU at 3.3 GHz is far from a boring proposition. Once again, AMD has cemented its  lock on the sub-$100 processor market.

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    uruquiora , 9 December 2010 16:57
    very good article :) 
    thanks for the update and looking forward to get more info on Sandy bridge and Brazo CPUs soon..
    I guess i'll wait a bit for an upgrade then
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    Silmarunya , 9 December 2010 18:05
    Not exactly an exciting CPU, but minor clock speed bumps and aggresive pricing could keep them afloat until they can release some truly compelling products like Bulldozer and Fusion. In the meantime, they have their graphics market to use as a cash cow, and Bobcat promises to be a mighty tasty alternative to Atom (unless Nvidia can release Ion boards for the new Atom's...)
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    wild9 , 10 December 2010 00:57
    Once again AMD delivers some very attractive hardware..and not just for those building new systems. They even offer hex-core's with the 'BE' option, so you can overclock to your heart's content. All this without breaking the bank..and massively cheaper than Intel's 6-core models.

    On the Intel side I am more impressed with that i5 than the i7. The i5 is an overclocking hit even if it uses a controversial socket technology, that has with a limited life-span. Sure, I'd a bit concerned about the i5's idle power consumption at overclocked speeds, but to be fair, the same could be said for Phenom II x6 once overclocked past the magic 4.0GHz threshold.

    All in all, a win win situation for AMD and the buying public. At this price you can afford to build a kick-ass gaming rig, or server, or video transcorder setup - the money you saved could go on a super-fast GPU and suitable power supply unit. If you're running AM2+ hardware and you want some more kick at a reasonable price..are you gonna bin the whole rig and go i5, or simply update your BIOS and drop in something that can easily compete with the best? Choice seems clear.

    Cheaper, faster and more flexible than ever before. Good one, AMD. Very good.
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    dmen , 12 December 2010 19:30
    ^Ban him (and his IP) please?
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    tinnerdxp , 13 December 2010 15:18
    Just few more months until this will happen in the UK - and I will finally be able to build my cheap and power efficient quad core server :)  Any suggestions on CPU?
    Looks like I would be best of by using Athlon x4 but am sort of considering Phenoms as well - thing is I'd really love this to draw as less power as possible...
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    wild9 , 13 December 2010 19:09
    dmen^Ban him (and his IP) please?


    Something I did?
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    tinnerdxp , 13 December 2010 19:59
    Wow - THG started to BAN the spammers... Finally...
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    damian86 , 13 December 2010 21:05
    and still, they cannot beat the classic i7 920, i was hopping one of these days AMD will show me they can make a better cpu than intel or something 'extreme' , i will keep pmy eye on intels
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    tinnerdxp , 13 December 2010 21:05
    Wild9 - nah... there must have been a spam post below yours and above Dmen - there were 3 in this post so far... and all of them removed without us knowing they were there previously.
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    wild9 , 14 December 2010 07:24
    tinnerdxpWild9 - nah... there must have been a spam post below yours and above Dmen - there were 3 in this post so far... and all of them removed without us knowing they were there previously.


    Please forgive my oversight, tinnerdxp. I thought I might have done something wrong. I notice that when I looked at the thread..yep..another two spams appeared. I wonder if it is the same entity who is responsible sending them all. Maybe have some kind of low-level administration whereby trusted members can zap the spams in their tracks, or an image verifier. Will be glad when we can post in peace again (looks upon a star and wishes) :) 
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    Rab1d-BDGR , 18 December 2010 23:14
    Congrats to AMD on finally producing something to compete with the i7 920 and i5 750! They got there in the end! Six cores versus 4 real and 4 imaginary cores... and wildly different clock speeds and memory bandwidth - an interesting comparison. Plus when not overclocked they're pretty power efficient too. If I were building something I'd probably go with the 1075T and try to O/C it to beat its bigger brothers - at those prices that would be excellent bang-for-your-buck!
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    techpops , 16 July 2011 04:45
    I'm really unsure right now where to go. I own one of the old X4 620 AMD jobbies, have it overclocked to 3.1Ghz. Been running stable for a few years now.

    My indecision comes from the fact I need more CPU grunt for 3D rendering in Cinema 4D and a helping hand in other multi-threaded apps. It looks like me going to this top of the line X6 chip would almost double performance, or to put it another way, cut my rendering times in half. This is good, but I'm rendering on a single machine and its tied up pretty much 24/7. I have to brutally cut quality just to get work to finish in days rather than a week or two.

    I guess I'm hoping for a miracle, ooh maybe GPU rendering in Cinema 4D! Ah well, back to the real world.

    Now not knowing much about what's about to launch in the coming weeks and months ahead. How much of a real performance boost are we going to see at realistic prices? I can't afford the top of the line Intel prices. This is already a pretty high price for me. So should I wait to see if there is a tripling in performance for a similar cost or just accept that this is about as good as it gets in my price range and really were going to be seeing incremental jumps in performance, not doubling again?

    I'm leaning towards getting this, especially as I can continue to use the same motherboard and my old 8gb of DDR2 memory.

    Thanks for the review, it was very helpful, as are the comments.
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    techpops , 16 July 2011 04:45
    I'm really unsure right now where to go. I own one of the old X4 620 AMD jobbies, have it overclocked to 3.1Ghz. Been running stable for a few years now.

    My indecision comes from the fact I need more CPU grunt for 3D rendering in Cinema 4D and a helping hand in other multi-threaded apps. It looks like me going to this top of the line X6 chip would almost double performance, or to put it another way, cut my rendering times in half. This is good, but I'm rendering on a single machine and its tied up pretty much 24/7. I have to brutally cut quality just to get work to finish in days rather than a week or two.

    I guess I'm hoping for a miracle, ooh maybe GPU rendering in Cinema 4D! Ah well, back to the real world.

    Now not knowing much about what's about to launch in the coming weeks and months ahead. How much of a real performance boost are we going to see at realistic prices? I can't afford the top of the line Intel prices. This is already a pretty high price for me. So should I wait to see if there is a tripling in performance for a similar cost or just accept that this is about as good as it gets in my price range and really were going to be seeing incremental jumps in performance, not doubling again?

    I'm leaning towards getting this, especially as I can continue to use the same motherboard and my old 8gb of DDR2 memory.

    Thanks for the review, it was very helpful, as are the comments.