AMD may roll out its triple-core Phenoms earlier than expected, if a report by DigiTimes isn't mistaken. The report says the chips, which AMD officially announced back in September, will launch in February 2008.
That schedule contradicts a report from a couple of months ago that named a March time frame for the chips' arrivals. Both reports talk of the exact same chips: a "Phenom X3" 7600 processor clocked at 2.3GHz and a 7700 model running at 2.5GHz, both with 512KB of L2 cache per core, 2MB of L3 cache per chip, and thermal envelopes of 89W. If early benchmarks we've seen are any indication, those triple-core Phenoms may provide performance reasonably close to that of their quad-core brethren.
DigiTimes' report also mentions that AMD plans to deliver two dual-core Phenom models "by the end of the second quarter." The chips are expected to bear 6050 and 6250 model numbers and 65W thermal envelopes, but their clock speeds are reportedly not yet set in stone.