Rumor: Trinity-based Athlon II X4 chips on the way

It's been just a month and a half since AMD announced desktop variants of its Trinity APU, and already, we're hearing about several new models that might be on the way. The folks at CPU-World have dug up details about a trio of Trinity-based chips with Athlon II X4 branding. Details are sparse right now, but the site managed to obtain a few key specifications.

The chips will reportedly include the Athlon II X4 750K, the Athlon II X4 740, and the Athlon II X4 730. The clock speeds will be 3.4GHz, 3.2GHz, and 2.8GHz, according to CPU-World. All four offerings will have quad cores and 4MB of L2 cache. The 750K will have a 100W power envelope, while the 740 and 730 will both be rated for 65W. Based on the "K" following the model name, I wouldn't be surprised if the Athlon II X4 750K had an unlocked upper multiplier, too.

What CPU-World doesn't know: whether the chips, like their Llano-based Athlon counterparts, will have their integrated graphics disabled; whether AMD will enable Turbo Core functionality; and whether we'll see these puppies listed as retail models outside of pre-built machines.

That last question may be harder to answer than you think. Right now, Newegg still doesn't carry retail-boxed versions of AMD's other desktop Trinity APUs. All we can find are pre-built systems like this HP PC featuring the chips. I expect we'll see retail-boxed models listed eventually, but it may take some time.

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