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    Default AMD Preparing ''Thuban'' Desktop Six-Core Processor

    AMD is planning to create a desktop implementation of its Opteron "Istanbul" monolithic six-core processor. Codenamed "Thuban" (named after a star in the Draco constellation, which means Dragon), the new processor will be based on the socket AM3 package for compatibility with existing and future desktop core logic. It features six cores, 9 MB of total cache (6 x 512 KB L2 + 6 MB L3). Thuban is aimed to make for AMD's high-end desktop processor, as the company prepares to face competition from a near-complete lineup of processors based on the Nehalem/Westmere architectures from Intel. It is expected to be the posterboy for AMD's "Leo" high-end consumer desktop platform that succeeds its current Dragon platform.

    Some of the key components that make up AMD Leo platform are the upcoming AMD 890FX and 890GX chipset, companion SB800 series southbridge chips, and members of AMD's Evergreen family of DirectX 11 compliant graphics processors. On the software front, AMD will give its Fusion and Overdrive utilities some big updates. The SB800 series southbridge chips will feature native support for SATA 6 Gb/s and USB 3.0; connectivity is further enhanced by integrated Broadcom MAC Ethernet interfaces. While the Leo platform is expected to launch almost simultaneously with the 8-series chipsets, the six-core Thuban processor on the other hand comes later. It is due only in Q3 2010. Thuban will have come out an year after its enterprise implementation in the form of Opteron "Istanbul".



    Now heres comes the six core processor . What will be th reply from Intel anyone can guess?

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    Default Re: AMD Preparing ''Thuban'' Desktop Six-Core Processor

    Intel may show up with 8 Cores.

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    Default Re: AMD Preparing ''Thuban'' Desktop Six-Core Processor

    I wish Cell was widely available for PC too. it already has 9 cores ( 1 redundant)




    8 x SPEs @ 3.2 GHz (1 redundant)

    1 x PPE @ 3.2 Ghz

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    Default Re: AMD Preparing ''Thuban'' Desktop Six-Core Processor

    Intel will be launching Core i9 soon..

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    Default Re: AMD Preparing ''Thuban'' Desktop Six-Core Processor

    Quote Originally Posted by [TH7][cRu$h] View Post
    I wish Cell was widely available for PC too. it already has 9 cores ( 1 redundant)

    8 x SPEs @ 3.2 GHz (1 redundant)

    1 x PPE @ 3.2 Ghz
    While the cell does indeed have 8 working cores, its performance in legacy x86 applications is not even half the speed of even the Phenom II unless programs are recoded specifically for that processor

    What the cell excels in is heavily threaded applications, but even in that field the performance advantage it had over competing processors is gone a year ago when Phenom II/Core i7 was released.

    That doesnt mean its a bad processor though, it has its purposes in certain parallel processing tasks even today, providing great parallelism while not consuming so much power

    edit: While I agree that intel has a one up on AMD, these are stopgap solutions till Bulldozer arrives in 2010(hopefully). Now that will be something interesting to see, and many are hoping it will stop intel dead in its tracks like AMD once did with the K7(Athlon) and K8(Athlon 64). Two classic processors which intel took years to respond to and match the performance level and not just months, remember that. Hence, they certainly have the capability, they just got their execution wrong in recent years

    Also, Comparing Phenom II to anything above i5 is wrong simply because they compete on a different price bracket. The "Thuban" will be competing against a Core i5 and it may be near-competitive on multithreaded apps since i5 has no HT, but who knows? Only time will tell i guess, but one thing is for sure, the more the competition the better it is for the consumers
    Last edited by Mazhar; September 2nd, 2009 at 17:57.

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    Default Re: AMD Preparing ''Thuban'' Desktop Six-Core Processor

    the more the better!! nice!

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