Only four Phenom chips to launch this year?
The folks at VR-Zone have compiled an unofficial roadmap that lists AMD's planned processor launches for the next year and a half or so. VR-Zone says the Phenom launch will take place in the November-December time frame—echoing our own sources—and that clock speeds will range from 2GHz to 2.4GHz. The launch chips will include a quad-core Socket AM2 Phenom FX-80 clocked at 2.2 or 2.4GHz, quad-core Phenom X4 GP-7000 and GP-7100 models clocked between 2GHz and 2.4GHz, and a dual-core Phenom X2 GS-6550 also running somewhere between 2GHz and 2.4GHz. AMD fans may have to wait until the first quarter of 2008 for chipmaker to unleash more chips, including Quad FX-bound Phenom FX processors, speedier Phenom X2s, and mainstream/budget derivatives of those CPUs.
VR-Zone says AMD will follow up in the second half of 2008 with 45nm offerings code-named Deneb FX, Deneb, Propus, Regoer, and Sargas. Those are all expected to have 1MB of L2 cache per core (double the amount present on 65nm Phenoms) as well as 3MB of L3 cache (up from 1MB) for Deneb FX, Deneb, and Propus. All of these 45nm chips will have support for DDR3 memory, as well.