It's no secret that AMD's Phenom chips are due in November—AMD itself cited a November release time frame for its RV670 graphics processor, RD790 chipset, and Phenom CPUs in its latest financial results conference call. However, the chipmaker has yet to announce a specific release date for the chips.
Luckily, there are avenues to learn of unannounced launch dates. One of those is DigiTimes, which has quoted a specific date for the Phenom introduction in one of its latest reports: November 20. Judging by previous rumors, AMD may introduce two Phenom X4 processors clocked at 2.2GHz and 2.4GHz on that date, followed by a 2.6GHz part some time in December. All three chips will have 512KB of L2 cache per core and 2MB of shared L3 cache. Other rumors have suggested AMD will introduce its RV670 graphics processor on November 15 and its RD790 chipset on November 20, the same day as the Phenom launch.
If AMD can actually deliver products on those dates, folks should be able to build all-AMD "Spider" quad-core gaming rigs by then. That said, motherboard manufacturers are reportedly not optimistic about demand for AMD motherboards in the short term. DigiTimes says the manufacturers don't anticipate "any real boost in demand" until the first quarter of next year. AMD, too, stated this summer that it didn't expect a substantial contribution from Phenom CPUs to its bottom line this year.
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