Quad-core AMD processor specs leak out

— 8:46 AM on December 7, 2006

AMD demonstrated its "Barcelona" native quad-core processor last week, and now the folks at HKEPC say they've managed to lay their hands on a roadmap that details the company's upcoming quad-core Opteron lineup. The site says upcoming Socket F quad-core Opterons will be split into three categories: low-power Opteron HE models clocked at 1.9GHz and 2.0GHz with a 68W power rating; vanilla Opteron models clocked at 2.1GHz, 2.2GHz, and 2.3GHz with a 95W TDP; and high-power models running at 2.4GHz and 2.5GHz with a 120W TDP. All chips will have 2MB of shared L3 cache, 512KB of L2 cache per core, and support for DDR2-667 memory.

The vanilla and SE models will also have counterparts in the Opteron 1000 series. Those chips will have the same clock speeds and power ratings as the Socket F versions, but they will slip into Socket AM2 motherboards and have support for DDR2 memory speeds of up to 800MHz. HKEPC says quad-core Opteron 1000 chips will come out in the third quarter of next year. AMD stated last week that the first quad-core Opterons will launch in mid-2007.

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