AMD's Thuban might arrive in three flavors in May

Last November, the rumor mill pinned a May launch time frame on AMD's Leo desktop platform, which should bring a new chipset and support for six-core Thuban processors. Now, DigiTimes writes that the first Thuban CPUs will also see the light of day that same month.

We can reportedly look forward to three Thuban variants at launch: the Phenom II X6 1035T, Phenom II X6 1055T, and Phenom II X6 1075T. DigiTimes doesn't quote clock speeds or specifications beyond the fact that the chips will be based on 45-nm process technology. According to some older coverage, however, Thuban will support DDR3 memory and work in existing Socket AM3 and AM2+ motherboards.

Intel, DigiTimes adds, will have its first Gulftown six-core processor out a couple of months earlier, in March. We heard last year that this product will be branded Core i7-980X and run at 3.33GHz with 12MB of L3 cache and a 130W thermal envelope. DigiTimes echoes that name and says the part will be priced upward of $1,000.

Considering AMD's Phenom II X4 processors don't do a particularly good job of keeping up with Intel's quad-core, Hyper-Threading-enabled Core i7s, we wouldn't be surprised to see six-core Phenom IIs priced quite a bit below $1,000. In fact, if Thuban performs anything like the first Istanbul Opterons, AMD may choose to price it against the quad-core versions of the Core i7.

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