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To wait or not to wait for Phenom II x6?

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April 20, 2010 1:37:54 AM

Heyoo.

I'm planning on building a gaming machine, which, of course, will have it primarily used for gaming (and almost nothing more, as I have a MacBook Pro for all my other needs).

I plan on purchasing the AMD Phenom II x4 955 BE, but I hear that AMD's Thuban hexa-core processors are due to come relatively soon and that some models are priced at around $240 (something I am willing to pay for for 6 bloody cores).

So that leaves me with 2 questions..

1. About when will we be seeing these CPUs hit the market (primarily the Canadian one, as I live in Canada)?

2. If I'm not mistaken, as these will be AM3 based, which are (so far) compatible with AM2+ boards, I would be able to use a Thuban based processor in an AM2+ motherboard. Correct?

Thanks to anyone who responds! :) 

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April 20, 2010 2:02:02 AM

wait for thuban, but if ur just gaming, i would recommend you wait for zosma, it will be a cut down version of thuban with some very friendly thermals, on compatibility, yes it will be compatible with some am2+ boards, but asus and gigabyte are pretty much the only guys to say weather or not their oldies will support thuban, the 2.8ghz clocked thuban at 95w shud be about $240, but if ur interests are primarily gaming, i suggest you go with a quad zosma, the 960t shud b 3.3 or 3.4 ghz, and im sure the price of current quads will decrease as well but the cheapest thuban, the 1035t at 2.6ghz shud b below $200
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April 20, 2010 2:10:43 AM

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April 20, 2010 2:13:59 AM

xaira said:
wait for thuban, but if ur just gaming, i would recommend you wait for zosma, it will be a cut down version of thuban with some very friendly thermals, on compatibility, yes it will be compatible with some am2+ boards, but asus and gigabyte are pretty much the only guys to say weather or not their oldies will support thuban, the 2.8ghz clocked thuban at 95w shud be about $240, but if ur interests are primarily gaming, i suggest you go with a quad zosma, the 960t shud b 3.3 or 3.4 ghz, and im sure the price of current quads will decrease as well but the cheapest thuban, the 1035t at 2.6ghz shud b below $200


Thanks for the answer! :) 

Still, any idea on when the CPUs will be hitting the shelves?
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April 20, 2010 2:24:15 AM

SUPER NAME said:
Thanks for the answer! :) 

Still, any idea on when the CPUs will be hitting the shelves?


Well, if my info is still correct, is should be next week on the 26.
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April 20, 2010 2:30:50 AM

dont know about canada specifically, but since the usa is so close, im guessing it will be a simultaneous release
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April 20, 2010 2:30:52 AM

warmon6 said:
Well, if my info is still correct, is should be next week on the 26.


Any idea if this street date includes Canada?
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April 20, 2010 4:40:16 AM

warmon6 said:
Well, if my info is still correct, is should be next week on the 26.


Thats the word, though it is not official as far as I know. But given Bios updates for MB's have been available for a month now and Amazon is already taking pre-release orders, thats what I am going with.

It would be consistant with AMD's recent soft launch approach.
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