New AMD platform for cheap desktops to come before September?

Over the past few months, we’ve heard rumors about AMD launching dual-core, Phenom II X4-based chips in the second quarter and following up with proper, 45nm dual-core Athlons in June. Today, DigiTimes writes that AMD has a new entry-level platform up its sleeve—and we should see it before September.

Code-named Pisces, the platform will reportedly couple a new 55nm 780G+ integrated graphics chipset with "Athlon II" processors based on the Propus, Rana, and Regor cores. According to a story from last November, Propus will debut in quad-core Athlon processors with no L3 cache, while Rana will fill in as the dual-core derivative. As for Rana, word got out last September that it would be a triple-core offering with no L3 cache.

DigiTimes says Pisces’ 780G+ chipset will reach the "design validation test" stage in April, and it should make an appearance at the Computex trade show in June. The site doesn’t reveal a precise launch time frame, but it sounds like Pisces systems could start hitting stores some time in the summer.

As an interesting side note, DigiTimes goes on to say AMD’s current Phenom II X4 920 and Phenom II X3 processors are selling well. Motherboard makers reportedly expect "AMD’s share of the global desktop CPU market will step up to 30% in the second quarter" as a result.

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    • Lianna
    • 12 years ago

    I’m quite curiuos about performance of L3-less Phenom: much less cache but much shorter memory latency. That may be interesting, just like Celeron 333A in the old days – much cheaper to manufacture with changed performance profile, better in some applications and worse in others.

    • 5150
    • 12 years ago

    It would be great if AMD had a south bridge that didn’t buckle under a decent SSD.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 12 years ago

    No L3 cache on a Phenom II-like architecture = fail.

      • moshpit
      • 12 years ago

      Not fail, necessarily. Just not exciting. Bet there will be a hundred emahine models running them though.

    • not@home
    • 12 years ago

    If I remember correctly, the 780G is already a 55nm part. I have a mobo with a 780G and I am pretty sure about this.

    §[<http://www.pcper.com/comments.php?nid=6975<]§ It looks like the 780G+ has a different video processor, the 4200. P.S. Sorry I do not know how to make the web address a link.

      • BiffStroganoffsky
      • 12 years ago

      bloody blockers…

      • Flying Fox
      • 12 years ago

      You are correct. The 780G is already 55nm. So the 780G+ is a new graphics portion and whatever process/circuitry improvement they can squeeze in.

      §[<https://techreport.com/articles.x/14261<]§

    • grantmeaname
    • 12 years ago

    while Rana will fill in as the dual-core derivative. As for Rana, word got out last September that it would be a triple-core offering with no L3 cache.

    you have two Ranas and no Regor.

    • AMDisDEC
    • 12 years ago

    Back to budget CPU city for AMD.

      • kvndoom
      • 12 years ago

      I thought they were there now. :-\

        • squngy
        • 12 years ago

        They are mainstream now, with these new parts they go budget city 😉

      • lex-ington
      • 12 years ago

      I don’t see anything anywhere that says the triple-core and quad-core parts are going budget city. The introduction of budget parts for budget builds means better business practices in areas that require it.

      Now if the quad and triple core parts were going into the sub $100 bin, then yes – its back to budget city.

    • khands
    • 12 years ago

    Quite an interesting development, is this really confirmation of an integrated GPU into the CPU before Intel?

      • Flying Fox
      • 12 years ago

      No, the Fusion stuff is kind of off the radar now. The 780G+ seems to be just a shrunken version of the 780G chipset.

        • khands
        • 12 years ago

        IC, nm then.

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