AMD hasn't given up on the fight with Intel's quad-core Nehalem processors quite yet. Not only does the firm have six-core Thuban CPUs with "Turbo" capabilities in the works, but according to Fudzilla, a new, lower-power variant of the Phenom II X4 955 will soon see the light of day, as well.
This new Phenom II X4 955 will purportedly have a 95W thermal envelope, a nice step down from the current 125W. Fudzilla quotes a HDX955WFK4DGM model number for this lower-power part; a Google search for that string of characters yields this Biostar CPU support page, which essentially corroborates the report by quoting a 3.2GHz clock speed and 95W TDP. We're not seeing any e-tail listings stateside, but for what it's worth, the current Phenom II X4 955 retails for about $160.
We also heard last week that AMD could soon unveil a 95W, Thuban-based Phenom II X4 960T with a base clock speed of 3.3GHz. That CPU could have Turbo functionality, so potentially higher clock speeds for individual cores. Here, too, the 95W TDP would put AMD on more equal footing with Intel's Core i5-750—on the power consumption side of things, at least.
Fudzilla writes of four additional upcoming Phenom IIs: two quad-core models, the 2.5GHz Phenom II X4 805 and 2.8GHz Phenom II X4 820, plus two triple cores, the 2.8GHz Phenom II X3 715 and 3GHz Phenom II X3 740. Perhaps those parts will slip into pre-built PCs and eschew retail shelves, because AMD pulled triple-core Phenom IIs from its price list not long ago, and the firm has since hinted that its product line lacks room for both triple-core Athlon IIs and triple-core Phenom IIs.