AMD upping the ante: 6 cores are better than 4

by Mike
Posted September 22nd, 2009 at 6:07 am

The processor race and its ever ongoing back and forth tussle between AMD and Intel is about to get a new addition sure to bring many more heated battles. Following on the heels of AMD’s server based 6-core processors, the consumer market is next in AMD’s crosshairs with the company’s announcement of a 6-core party starter unleashing number crunching madness on the consumer market come 2010. The new hotness will come with the “Thuban” moniker attached. Weird names I know but it is what it is folks. Usually, such new fangled tech means leaving older, loved, and used components and systems behind. Not so says AMD as the Thuban 6 barrel blaster will fully backwards compatible with AM3 and AM2+ motherboards. *Joy* As far as the dirty specs go, Thuban will feature:

  • Size: 45nm
  • Controller: DDR3
  • Cache: 3MB/L2 6MB/L3

AMD hasn’t confirmed it yet, but there is a high possibility the 6-core Thuban’s will take on the more consumer friendly name of “Phenom II X6″. Is your custom rig looking like it needs a tune up come next year? Balls in your court Intel…

Engadget > Maximum PC

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