AMD Phenom II X6 1055T & 1090T Six-Core Processors Review
Two six-core processor reviews six weeks apart? We must be in heaven. Well as you all have guessed AMD's very highly anticipated Phenom II X6 processors have now launched. The media embargo is over and we can finally reveal what you probably already know courtesy of the rumor mill.
The condensed specifics of the Phenom II X6 1055T are as follows: 45nm SOI manufacturing process, 2.80Ghz core clock, Turbo CORE up to 3.3Ghz across three cores, 9MB of total cache, dual-channel DDR3-1333 memory interface, 125W TDP, and a $199 USD price tag. The 1090T Black Edition is clocked at 3.2Ghz, can Turbo up to 3.6Ghz, also has 9MB of total cache, a dual-channel DDR3-1333 memory interface, 125W TDP, and a $285 price tag. Being a Black Edition model the 1090T also has fully unlocked multpliers.
Unlike the only other six-core processor on the market, the Intel Core i7-980X, these chips are targeted at your average enthusiast, someone who is looking for a lot more multi-threading power than their current AM2+/AM3 processor can deliver. Yes, to make full use of these processors' capabilities you need to have software that supports more than four threads, but that is becoming more and more common nowadays. As you will see in the coming pages, these new Thuban chips will absolutely appeal to those who take their multi-threading performance serious, yet who don't have an unlimited budget, nor a desire to upgrade their whole system. Speaking of which, the best part is that these new processors are compatible with over 160 AM2+ and AM3 motherboards, with a mere BIOS update.
These new chips should prove popular among more than just the AMD faithful though. Because AMD really haven't had any way to challenge the high-end/upper-mainstream dominance of Nehalem-based chips like the Core i7 series, most enthusiast really haven't had their sights on AMD processors in far too long. However, after having extensively tested the Phenom II X6, we strongly believe that this product launch might be the turning point that converts a large swathe of price-conscious powers users over to AMD's side.
For all you AMD owners though, this is definitely the upgrade path that you have been patiently waiting for...
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