New AMD CPUs for Q2 2011
In the past few weeks there were several reports of upcoming Phenom II microprocessors, including quad-core 850 and 980 models, and dual-core 570. Today AMD published desktop processor roadmap for the second quarter of this year, which confirms imminent launch of these CPUs, and also shows a few soon to be released Athlon II SKUs:
This quarter AMD is going to introduce three Phenom II processors - X4 980, X4 850 and X2 570.
Clocked at 3.7 GHz, quad-core Phenom II 980 will be the fastest AMD microprocessor to day. The CPU has unlocked clock multiplier, and, besides 100 MHz higher frequency, is identical to current X4 975 flagship model. The processor will fit 125 Watt thermal envelope.
Another forthcoming quad-core CPU, Phenom II 850 with 3.3 GHz core frequency, is a faster version of X4 840. Based on Athlon II Propus core, this model includes 2 MB L2 cache, and lacks L3 cache. Like all other standard-voltage Athlon II X4 parts, this processor has 95W Thermal Design Power. Judging from specifications, this SKU seems to be a re-branded version of Athlon II X4 655.
Phenom II 570 has two CPU cores operating at 3.5 GHz, and it comes with 1 MB L2 and 6 MB L3 caches. The roadmap shows 95 Watt TDP for this microprocessor, while other sources claim 80 Watt.
Three new Athlon II models, referenced by roadmap, are X2 270, X3 460, and X4 650. We already published specifications and pictures of dual-core AMD 270, and that linked story also contains some details on the 650 model. The third Athlon II, triple-core 460, is an incremental upgrade over the X3 455. The CPU will run at 3.4 GHz, and have the same 95W averaged maximum power consumption as the 455.
Jul 13: AMD Athlon II 270 and Phenom II 850 are available for pre-order
Jun 03: May 2011 launch of desktop CPUs: one month later
May 03: AMD launches new Athlon II and Phenom II CPUs
Apr 23: AMD Athlon II X2 270 specifications
Jan 04: Biostar updates AM3 CPU support list with new AMD models