There's also the possibility that one of the cores is just disabled, for the sake of increasing clock speed or price placement. I should assume that the core that is disabled won't matter.
That is what I was thinking. I think the tri-core option might add a little spice into the benchmark fray! Who knows, maybe a tri-core will preform better on some games/apps than a 2 or 4 core.. We might be able to overclock a little more than 4 core but not as much as 2 core for a sweet spot in the middle......
'native tri core'
No, it will be a defective native quad-core.
A native tri-core would be that way be design.
Tri-pod Triple Cripple
Native Quad Core @65nm = FAIL
It's November, do you know where your Phenoms are?
Well, the official launch isn't until Nov 19th. They have the choice of three different ways of creating Tolliman. 1) 1 core has defects 2) 1 core won't clock as high 3) 3 cores should clock higher than 4