AMD readies Phenom X4, FX chips for third quarter
On Wednesday, DailyTech reported on a cornucopia of information regarding AMD's next-generation quad-core processors, including the purported fact that the chips will be dubbed Phenom and have a new model numbering scheme. The same site now claims to have gotten access to a more or less complete list of AMD's upcoming processor lineup. According to a table posted by the site, the third quarter of this year will see AMD launch quad-core Phenom FX and Phenom X4 processors. Phenom FX chips will be clocked between 2.2GHz and 2.6GHz and will fit into the same 1207-pin F sockets as existing Athlon 64 FX-70-series chips, although AMD will reportedly also introduce a Socket AM2 Phenom FX clocked at 2.2-2.4GHz. As for the Phenom X4s, there will be two of those chips clocked at 2.2GHz and 2.4GHz and with 89W power envelopes.
In the fourth quarter of this year, DailyTech says AMD will introduce dual-core Phenom X2 processors clocked at 2.4GHz, 2.6GHz, and 2.8GHz. Much like Phenom FX and Phenom X4 chips, the Phenom X2s will have 512KB of L2 cache per core and 2MB of shared L3 cache per chip. Finally, in the first quarter of next year, AMD will reportedly launch low-power Phenom X2 processors clocked at 1.9-2.3GHz as well as budget Athlon 64 X2 and Sempron processors clocked at 2.2-2.4GHz. Those budget chips will be based on AMD's new architecture, but they will have the same number of cores as their existing namesakes, and they will lack any shared L3 cache.