140W Phenoms are coming. AMD is currently mum on its latest plans for faster Phenom processors, but Asus has put out a press release boasting that ten of its Socket AM2+ motherboards support upcoming Phenom CPUs with 140W thermal envelopes. The existing 2.5GHz Phenom 9850 Black Edition has a 125W envelope, suggesting that a 140W chip will offer higher clock speeds.
Asus' press release doesn't say much about 140W Phenoms other than, "These next generation AMD Phenom processors are equipped with blazing fast CPU core frequencies." However, a look at the BIOS downloads section for one of the compatible boards shows a mention of a Phenom 9950 processor. Considering each 100-point jump in Phenom model numbers works out to a 100MHz clock speed increase in the current lineup, the 9950 will most likely run at 2.6GHz. You can get an idea of how that chip might perform by hitting our Phenom 9750 and 9850 review, which includes a 2.6GHz Phenom engineering sample.
Compatible Asus mobos include the Nvidia nForce 780a SLI-based Crosshair II Formula, M3N-HT Deluxe/Mempipe, and M3N-HT Deluxe/HDMI; the nForce 750a SLI-based M3N72-D; and the GeForce 8-based M3N78 PRO and M3N78-VM. The 790FX-based M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi-AP and M3A32-MVP Deluxe models will also support the new 140W chips, in addition to 780G-based M3A78 PRO and M3A78-EM. Asus says it will announce more motherboards compatible with 140W Phenoms soon.