Triple-core Phenoms start hitting PC vendors

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.

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    • StashTheVampede
    • 13 years ago

    Tricore AMDs will be their competition to Intel’s Core2Duo. The eventual “Semperon” version of the Phenom will be dual core.

    • pluscard
    • 13 years ago

    Each additional cpu core is a pretty big deal. We all agree a windows system benefits from the 2nd core. Many will agree that quads are “overkill”.
    The triple core for many users will work out to be “just right”.

    Kinda like the three bears and their porridge.

      • elegault
      • 13 years ago

      Toms showed that dual core is still the sweet spot. Triple core has some advantages, but quad is more or less overkill showing very little improvement over triple core in most cases.


        • Ruiner
        • 13 years ago

        I just read that article. They should have included a regular dual core at the same clock speed.

    • Vrock
    • 13 years ago

    Yay, another core that can sit around and do nothing (as if this task wasn’t already mostly the case with dual core chips) Such progress!

    • flip-mode
    • 13 years ago

    I’d much much much rather AMD had a competitive dual core (in terms of the holy trinity: IPC, clockspeed, and power consumption).

      • GodsMadClown
      • 13 years ago

      Yeah, AMD thought about putting out a dual core chip with higher clockspeed and lower power consumption, but then they decided that they would keep it under wraps, to keep from making Intel’s chips look bad. </sarcasm>

      Honestly, if they *[

        • flip-mode
        • 13 years ago

        Uh, not sure what you are getting at. I’m just saying I wish AMD’s dual cores were more competitive. Another way of saying it it is that I wish they hadn’t screwed up K10 so badly – I wish K10 had been a focus on better dual core performance and a solution for bunging two of them together MCM style (just like Intel’s quads).

      • Flying Fox
      • 13 years ago

      That’s a little hard as they are currently down in all 3 areas… :*

    • spuppy
    • 13 years ago


    I thought these things were AMD’s April Fool’s Day joke for 2007…

    • ish718
    • 13 years ago

    Only 2.3ghz? I wonder how these overclock

      • Jigar
      • 13 years ago

      My guess is 2.5GHZ MAX ..

        • BoBzeBuilder
        • 13 years ago

        And these are the bugged B2 chips. No thanks.

          • Meadows
          • 13 years ago

          Like you will ever encounter the actual erratum.
          The only problem might be motherboards where you can’t turn the corresponding fix off.

          • UberGerbil
          • 13 years ago

          The bug should be far less likely to appear with 3 cores. It might not appear at all. Has there been any confirmation by anyone, even AMD using simulations, that the bug has ever been encountered on tricore chips?

      • asdsa
      • 13 years ago

      And this was a surprise? If AMD could clock phenom higher at this instance wouldn’t you think that those highest clock models be in top line quad core phenoms already?

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