AMD has quietly kicked off shipments of its triple-core Phenom processors, according to a news posting by PC World. Although we haven't heard a peep from AMD's press staff about the event just yet, PC World quotes anonymous AMD officials as saying their company is nonetheless shipping triple-core CPUs in volume to PC makers right now.
Reports we spotted on rumor sites last month pointed to Dell and HP as likely first adopters for AMD's new silicon, and PC World's article suggests that will indeed be the case. HP, for one, already sells a triple-core Phenom machine on its Bulgarian site. The PC looks unglamorously advertised as a business offering, and its specifications list mentions an "AMD Phenom™ Triple Core 8600B" CPU clocked at 2.3GHz with 1.5MB of L2 cache (512KB per core). That Phenom is sharing the ride with an AMD 780V-based motherboard, 2GB of DDR2-800 RAM, and a 160GB hard drive. As for Dell, the world's number-two also intends to feature triple-core Phenoms in its OptiPlex 740 systems, according to a brochure (PDF) on its website.
AMD isn't offering its new chips only to the two biggest players in the market, though. The chipmaker's triple-core offerings are also listed in Matrix xXx Plus and Matrix xXx Pro systems from Mesh Computers, a smaller British PC vendor. The first system has a Phenom 8400 clocked at 2.1GHz, while the latter has the same 2.3GHz CPU as the aforementioned HP desktop. Both chips feature 2MB of L3 cache.