Norwegian Phenom II X6 listings quote ‘Turbo’ speeds

Those leaked Thuban details we told you about yesterday are gaining credibility. We now see Norwegian online retailer Microplex has put up listings for the same two six-core processors—the Phenom II X6 1055T and Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition—and both specifications and pricing appear to check out.

The Norwegian e-tailer does mention one additional detail. Rather than quoting a single clock speed per CPU, these latest listings display additional "Turbo" speeds of 3.3GHz (up from 2.8GHz) for the 1055T and 3.6GHz (up from 3.2GHz) for the 1090T. We can probably take that as confirmation of last month’s rumors, which said AMD had implemented a core "overclocking" scheme similar to Intel’s Turbo Boost.

Otherwise, Microplex charges 1,595 NOK for the Phenom II X6 1055T and 2,295 NOK for its faster sibling. Those prices might seem a tad high after a straight currency conversion, but remember—everything just plain costs more in Europe. Since the Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition sells for 1,425 NOK from the same e-tailer, we can work out that the six-core Phenom IIs cost about 12% and 61% more, respectively. Carry those numbers across the Atlantic to Newegg’s list price of $183.99 for the X4 965, and we get $206 for the Phenom II X6 1055T and $296 for the 1090T.

As you might recall, the Bahrain-based vendor we wrote about yesterday quoted official prices of $199 and $295. So, we’re looking at a pretty close match. The Norwegian site even talks of the same 9MB of L3 cache and 125W thermal envelopes for both offerings. All we’re missing now is a firm release date; Microplex only quotes March 25 as an "unconfirmed" delivery day.

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    • sydbot
    • 10 years ago

    Does the Turbo Boost work in XP? I wouldn’t mind a self-boosting low-voltage chip to give me the speed when I need it, the threading to dispatch 264 encodes, and low power for the tors.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 10 years ago

      if it’s like Intel’s it will (since it’s done based on thermal load), but really, why are you still running XP?

        • sydbot
        • 10 years ago

        I was waiting to leapfrog Vista, but I can’t honestly say I like 7 either. Server 2008 is quite nice though. I’m also putting off my next OS reinstall for an SSD. I suppose I am trying to align too many stars, might take a while.

        If it is only thermal based, and not software involved in any way, that would be perfect.

    • thermistor
    • 10 years ago

    #26…Now I’m interested. Does Norway have hot chicks?

      • NeelyCam
      • 10 years ago

      Yes.

        • 5150
        • 10 years ago

        and lutefisk!

    • TravelMug
    • 10 years ago

    Cue Cue Cue Cue Cue Cue Cue Cue Cue Cue cue cue cue cue cue…….

      • 5150
      • 10 years ago

      Cue reply fail.

    • yuriylsh
    • 10 years ago

    Now the question is: are these new CPUs compatible with AM2+ or not?..

      • Ryhadar
      • 10 years ago

      If the AM2+ board has got a BIOS update that will allow it, then it will. Hell, it could even go as far back as AM2, though you wouldn’t be able to take advantage of the faster hypertransport link.

        • yuriylsh
        • 10 years ago

        So they supposedly have the DDR2 memory controllers as Phenom II processors do? Is it confirmed or just a speculation? I just do not want to throw away my 8Gb of DDR2 memory and go for DDR3 with current insane memory prices (plus a new motherboard of course), but I would not mind to grab a 1055T (let’s see what reviews will tell about the processor though).

    • Ryhadar
    • 10 years ago

    Just had a thought: If AMD is selling triple cores (a.k.a. Deneb/Propus with 1 core disabled), and they’re selling Thuban Quad-Cores, any chance we’ll see a Penta-core Thuban?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 10 years ago

      They’ll call it the Pentagram and get it endorsed by Satan himself.

        • dpaus
        • 10 years ago

        Now, /[

          • Ryhadar
          • 10 years ago

          I lol’d to both.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 10 years ago

        I believe they’re reserving that for the 3P hex-core systems.

        • Palek
        • 10 years ago

        Obviously it will be called Pentathlon. Duh.

    • Ryhadar
    • 10 years ago

    And to think I spent $179 on a Pentium 4 @ 3.0GHz (with SMT) only 4-5 years ago.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 10 years ago

      *Cue post stating the ridiculous RAM price/byte of old*

        • sweatshopking
        • 10 years ago

        cue statements regarding the obvious misspelling of ridiculous.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 10 years ago

          cue anti-pedantic snarky remark

            • flip-mode
            • 10 years ago

            Cue the queuing of cues. LOL WTF BBCue.

            • Ryhadar
            • 10 years ago

            *Cue post stating the value of processors 4-5 years ago relative to today*

            Infinite loop? 😉

            • Buzzard44
            • 10 years ago

            Cue inquiry regarding your old hardware’s ability to play Crysis.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 10 years ago

            Cue Q §[<http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Q<]§ Less QQ more pewpew!

          • MadManOriginal
          • 10 years ago

          Cue statements regarding the lack of capitalization of the word ‘cue.’

            • BoBzeBuilder
            • 10 years ago

            Cue statement on whats it weigh?

            • maxxcool
            • 10 years ago

            Cue: Does it Blend ?

      • torquer
      • 10 years ago

      The year was 1995. I paid $150 for a 4MB 30 pin SIMM.

      The peasants rejoiced.

        • Kurkotain
        • 10 years ago

        Cue fail

    • flip-mode
    • 10 years ago

    Yay! It’s a miracle! The turbo speeds seem a little low, but I still give AMD credit for adding the feature. It’s one of those things that makes so much sense but I figured that for some strange reason AMD would never do it.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 10 years ago

      The “trouble” for AMD is that these have so many cores available, nearly every chip would likely have roughly the same maximum “boost” capability from loading 1 to 4 cores.

      I’ll gladly take a reasonable range of prices with conservative clock speeds over disabled cores. 3.3 GHz is still fast.

    • jjj
    • 10 years ago

    Go AMD go,my next upgrade is a 6 core Gulftown (since i got a i7 920 and anything else wouldn’t make much sense) so i don’t mind if Intel is forced to lower prices on Gulftown sooner than planned:P
    Besides that if the prices are real and if the x6 AMD’s can OC a bit it should be interesting.

      • flip-mode
      • 10 years ago

      Or, you could upgrade your mobo, CPU, and RAM to 6 core AMD for the price of a Gulftown 😆 Of course, that means that instead of the 8 threads you have now, or 12 threads with Gulftown, you’d get 6 threads. Heh.

    • wira020
    • 10 years ago

    I dont understand the turbo thingy.. from what i understand, 5 cores will hibernate and 1 core will speed up..? and just a few megahertz more? sounds like a waste to me…

      • wingless
      • 10 years ago

      Turbo is for SINGLE THREADED applications. It speeds up a single core for applications running in a single thread which make up the vast majority of software. Intel’s implementation does the same. These CPUs will likely have good overclocking headroom by default when paired with good cooling. Turbo turned out to be a good thing for Intel, and we see AMD can take a good idea and run with it too.

      Wira020, you will see the err of your comment shortly when these CPUs come out.

      • wiak
      • 10 years ago

      think of it as a Cool”n”Quiet, SpeedStep but the other way
      if you play a game that only uses two cores, the phenom II X6 can overclock those cores upto 3.6ghz turbo core speed and downclock the other cores to Cool”n”Quiet’s 800mhz

      all dynamicly and automaticly
      talk about flexability 😉

      but nobody know how it works yet, other than amd that it but when its called “Turbo Core” it gives you a little hint its turbo and its cores 😉

        • dpaus
        • 10 years ago

        Except that the singularity of the name implies that only one core will overclock at a time.

        A question for the knowledgeable: does the Intel implementation boost the speed of only one core, multiple cores, or all cores?

          • moriz
          • 10 years ago

          intel’s implementation has different rules for any number of cores.

          • OneArmedScissor
          • 10 years ago

          All of the Core iX CPUs with turbo boost have their own specific profiles.

          Some of them are pretty interesting, like the Lynnfield Xeon L3426, which is labeled1.86 GHz so that it can be 45w TDP, but from loading four cores down to one core, it can turn up the multiplier 2x, 2x, 9x, and 10x, which is actually up to 3.2 GHz.

          The earlier implementations were kind of boring, but it will get pretty wild once the CPUs have more cores and become more efficient. I imagine the next progression will include different voltage levels, on top of that, so that it can conserve power when it’s possible to split a load instead of running at the maximum speed.

      • Flying Fox
      • 10 years ago

      Think about it, if overclocking 1 or more cores fit in the same power consumption envelope, but the higher clock make the core finish the current task faster and go back to sleep state quick, it is ultimately more efficient.

    • Bluekkis
    • 10 years ago

    l[

      • wira020
      • 10 years ago

      And it does still mean everything cost more in europe…

        • Meadows
        • 10 years ago

        Learn to read, idiot.

          • NeelyCam
          • 10 years ago

          What did he read wrong?

        • poulpy
        • 10 years ago

        No, it /[

          • NeelyCam
          • 10 years ago

          Good luck finding a U.S. state with a sales tax higher than VAT

            • UberGerbil
            • 10 years ago

            Yes, I think the highest state+local sales tax in the US is about 10% The only country in Europe with a VAT lower than that is Switzerland, I think. It runs 15%-20% in most, and as high as 25% in some.

            Of course some US states, like Oregon, have zero sales tax. And in most other states if you’re ordering online and only paying state but not local sales tax, it’s going to be more like 5%. List prices don’t include tax in the US precisely because of this variance, but even if they did they’d still generally run lower than European prices, often by quite a bit.

      • sonofsanta
      • 10 years ago

      They really do cost a lot more in Norway though. Their taxes are spectacularly high (although they get spent reasonably well, the benefits are worthwhile).

        • sweatshopking
        • 10 years ago

        highest standard of living in the world, and largest disposable income. cant really complain too much in norway…

          • jdaven
          • 10 years ago

          I agree. Norway has found the right blend of economics and government.

            • NeelyCam
            • 10 years ago

            Norway rules. I bet they have universal health care.

            • NeelyCam
            • 10 years ago

            Maybe they are just lucky with all that oil and hydro power.

            • oMa
            • 10 years ago

            Norway only uses the interest of the oil fund. Saving lots of money to “eldrebølgen”(a wave of old people). I think we have nearly 100000 dollar for every norwegian citizen:)

            • NeelyCam
            • 10 years ago

            Good planning.

            • Anonymous Coward
            • 10 years ago

            Denmark and Sweden do pretty well without the oil. Though perhaps not quite as well. 🙂

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