It seems like chip maker AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) is working on a new series of eight-core CPUs with Phenom brand, the new microprocessor being called Phenom II X8 that will use this moniker. What these CPUs stand for to deemed is that, will be aimed at cost-sensitive segment of the market.
AMD, ECS and Jetway did not comment on the news-story as well.
Based on CPU support list of Jetway HA18 main board based on AMD 9-series chipset and AM3+ socke, AMD is planning to design the low-frequency Zambezi processors with disabled Turbo Core dynamic clock-speed acceleration technology and/or cut-down L2/L3 cache under Phenom II X8 brand. Jetway lists the new processors as “engineering samples”, but a well-known Japanese observer/blogger Northwood.blog60.fc2.com points to an alleged ECS A890GXM-A2 CPU support list that calls the chips as AMD Phenom II X8. And according to Xbit Labs these will be based on the Bulldozer architecture.
The list of AMD Phenom II X8 microprocessors includes four models:
- AMD Phenom II X8 2420: 2.40GHz, 95W, ZD242046W8K43
- AMD Phenom II X8 3020: 3.00GHz, 125W, ZD302051W8K44
- AMD Phenom II X8 2520: 2.50GHz, 95W, ZD252046W6443
- AMD Phenom II X8 2820: 2.80GHz, 95W, ZD282046W8K43
Keeping the Phenom around is definitely good news for all the nostalgic out there, but what I would like to see now from AMD is some kind of performance boost that will make Bulldozer a contender to Intel’s Core i7 CPUs.