AMD Athlon II and Phenom II CPUs planned for the third quarter
AMD already refreshed their lines of desktop Athlon II and Phenom II families two times in 2010. First time it happened in January, when AMD released standard-power Phenom II X2 and Atlhon II microprocessors, and second time it was at the end of April and in May, when AMD introduced 6-core Phenom II processors, and updated the whole line of Athlon II CPUs. In the third quarter AMD plans an incremental upgrade for many energy-efficient and standard-power Athlon II CPUs, and will introduce a few Phenom II models.
Dual-core Athlon II family will be updated with models 250e and 265, which are slightly faster versions of 245e and 260 processors respectively. It's possible that in this quarter AMD will also ship OEM-only Athlon II X2 225 CPU with smaller size of level 2 cache. Two models, 420e and 450, will be added to Athlon II X3 family, and models 615e and 645 will become the fastest low- and standard-power Athlon II X4 CPUs.
The list of forthcoming Phenom II processors is not as big as the list of expected Athlon IIs. Phenom II X4 960T and six-core 1075T CPUs are supposedly coming this quarter. We already published specifications for these processors weeks ago. Phenom II X2 family will be updated with Black Edition model 560, that will run 100 MHz faster than the previous top Phenom II X2 CPU.
Third quarter release date for many of these processors was originally made public by Fudzilla. AMD also provided specifications for some of these CPUs in a document, that can be translated as "Procurement Information":
And, finally, many of these CPUs popped up on Biostar website, which allowed us to confirm CPU specifications and part numbers. Interesting enough, Biostar website also references new Phenom II X4 840T model with OEM part number HD840TWFK4DGR. This model runs at 2.9 GHz, has 6 MB L3 cache, and 95 Watt thermal Design Power. According to the part number, the CPU will use E0 core stepping and may have Turbo Core technology. Whether this processor will be released this year or not remains to be seen.
The table below lists specifications of planned Athlon II and Phenom II microprocessors:
Update (July 21): Yesterday AMD released new version of AMD Overdrive tool. This version includes the following changes:
Sep 21: AMD releases low-power desktop Athlon II CPUs
Sep 21: AMD updates Athlon II and Phenom II lineups
Sep 18: New AMD CPUs show up in retail stores
Aug 14: AMD Phenom II X4 960T and X6 1075T are listed on eBay
Aug 11: New AMD desktop CPUs are on the way
Jul 28: AMD boxed desktop processors for Q3/Q4 2010
Apr 17: Unlocking Phenom II X4 960T
Mar 24: Upcoming AMD desktop processors