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Old May 11, 2010, 02:06 PM
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AMD sent out an e-mail today letting the press know that we shouldn't expect to see any retail Phenom II X4 960T Thuban quad-core processors being sold individually on the retail market. These were very interested parts as the engineering samples that were available could be unlocked to become six-core processors. If we had to guess these processors will be available only in OEM systems on motherboards that don't have core unlocking technology in the BIOS. This is a big let down as it could have easily been the best price versus performance processor on the market for AMD. I wonder what AMD will be doing with all the fall out from the Thuban six-core processors now or if the OEM market will scoop them all up?
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I’ve been asked the question about whether there will be a Phenom II X4 960T “Thuban” quad-core by enough individuals, that I think it is a good idea to proactively share the answer to everyone. While there are indeed engineering CPU samples floating around of a 4-core Thuban 960T, I do not expect that processor will be released for general availability. Perhaps it may make its way to OEMs by special request, but that remains to be seen.
My hopes of getting a cheap hex core, ruined.

Hm this means that Core Unlocking and ACC just got a bit less useful..
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Old May 11, 2010, 02:33 PM
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That's alright. Sure, lots of people have successfully been unlocking AMD's current dual and tri core CPUs but one usually has to add voltage and you can't OC those as high.

It's simple - if you want a hexacore CPU, be prepared to pay for it. AMD's announcement is not a let-down at all. It just means people can't get a semi-free ride anymore.
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My hopes of getting a cheap hex core, ruined.

Hm this means that Core Unlocking and ACC just got a bit less useful..
That's not JUST cheap, that's cheaper than cheap.
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Old May 11, 2010, 02:54 PM
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Smile Thuban Quad Core

For the price, it's still a great deal when compared to the Intel 980x. The fact that there are two with a very reasonable price makes the 960 a loser in AMDs eyes. We may not like that they're closing a loophole, but we'll live.
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Old May 11, 2010, 03:06 PM
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I am reading it now.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...king,2627.html
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Definitely not a great quad anyway (by the tomshardware review), but the potential unlock would have drawn people in. I could foresee them releasing some hex core disabled to a quad in the future (or just an OEM chip as tomshardware mentions) so they can sell the chips with some flaws on 1-2 cores.
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I can't believe people are starting to bitch about not getting cores unlocked on AMD processors. Having cores unlocked is luck of the draw and just something nice to have if it happens. If you want a guaranteed hex-core, be prepared to pay for it. Same goes for quads. Remember it's a hit and miss luxury more than anything...
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meh. id rather pay 20-30 more to be sure i get the fully functional extra cores..no word of athlon II x6's yet? those will be the **** if they ever make it out :) probably not, at least in retail, since they would slaughter some of their brethren sales wise

wheres the 1035's at? i heard theyre supposed to be around 180.canuck dollarski of courski
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damn my hopes gone too :(
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Old May 12, 2010, 03:00 PM
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Ah well. I'll have a brew for ya, OK maybe 2 or 3.
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