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New 45nm AMD CPUs Coming in Q3 2009

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AMD plans to move its production line to the 45nm manufacturing node in Q3 while releasing a few new 45nm processors before the end of the year.

In an attempt to reduce costs, AMD plans to move its production line to the 45nm manufacturing in Q3 of this year. The Sunnyvale, California-based chipmaker already has two products currently using the next-generation processing: the quad-core Phenom II X4 800 and 900 series (Deneb), and the triple-core Phenom II X3 700 series (Heka). From a price and performance standpoint, these two processors have helped AMD compete against its main competitor, Intel, in the CPU market currently dominated by the rival chipmaker.

However, AMD is moving additional CPUs over to the 45nm processing as well, starting with the dual-core Phenom II X2 500 series (Callisto), and the Athlon II X2 200 series in June. By September, AMD will have added the quad-core Athlon II X4 600 series and triple-core Athlon II X3 400 series (Rana) processors. These should help AMD fend off Intel's assault when the rival company launches its three quad-core Lynnfield CPUs in the third quarter.

In addition to moving its desktop CPUs over to 45nm, AMD also has plans to launch several CPUs between Q2 and Q3 2009, most notably with the dual-core Phenom II X2 550 and 545 hitting the market by the end of the second quarter. The third quarter will see a large helping of new AMD releases: the quad-core Phenom II X4 945 (95W) and 8xx (95W), the triple-core Phenom II X3 7xx (95W), the quad-core Athlon II X4 630 and 620, the triple-core Athlon II X3 435 and 425, and the dual-core Athlon II X2 250, 245, and 240.

According to DigiTimes, there are also plans to release ten low-power consumption CPUs as well, including AMD's Phenom II X4 905e, Phenom II X3 705e and Athlon II X4 605e. These round out to a relatively great release schedule for the second half of 2009. A little competition between companies only means better products for the consumer.

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    B-Unit , May 22, 2009 9:13 PM
    thegh0stOk so I know this an AMD article and this announcement is cool and all - but really Tom's - it is nearly the end of the month and I still haven't seen news on the new core i7's that I thought were supposed to be released at the end of May. Do we really have to wait until the day they come out to hear about them and research them? Is it that bad to tell us about them a little bit early so we can start making decisions on them? grrr - I've been waiting for THAT news for a while which I thought this article was about at first split second glance then read the 3rd word - AMD.

    Go yell at Intel's marketing team for not releasing info, not Toms for not making sh*t up.
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    rooseveltdon , May 23, 2009 2:38 AM
    ta152hHow is this more competition? AMD is going to release more processors based on a bad design,


    lol dude the mainstream does not need an i7 or even a high end i5,heck a gamer would be very well satisfied with a 940 be,the phenom 2 processors offer optimal performance at solid price points,the i7 really only beats the phenom 2 in multi tasking and most ppl dont even notice these differences in the real world unless they r enthusiasts or professional video editors,you talk as if just because the i7 is more powerful everyone should buy that,you are probably one of those moronic "gamers" who goes out and buys the gtx 295 to play on a 17 inch monitor,fuk outta here
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    soonerproud , May 23, 2009 1:16 AM
    ta152hHow is this more competition? AMD is going to release more processors based on a bad design


    I stopped reading right there because you obviously have no clue what you are talking about. The Phenom II is a excellent processor and is very competitive with current Intel processors in performance at their current price ranges.

    I just purchased a X4 955 BE because it was killing Intel processors at the same price segment and actually comes close to or outperforms the i7 in the areas that matter to me. (Gaming and multimedia are the X4 955's strong points.) I could not justify an extra $150 to buy the i7 when the performance that matters to me is very close between the two.

    Get your facts straight before coming on here and spouting you senseless rantings.
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    IronRyan21 , May 22, 2009 8:54 PM
    Whats the difference between these new dual core phenoms x2 and athlon x2? It seems theres gonna be a lot of options for cpu buyers. It seems kinda confusing right now.
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    chris13th , May 22, 2009 9:07 PM
    IronRyan21Whats the difference between these new dual core phenoms x2 and athlon x2? It seems theres gonna be a lot of options for cpu buyers. It seems kinda confusing right now.

    According to a couple different sources, the difference will be that the Phenom line with have an L3 cache, when the lower end Athlons will not.
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    B-Unit , May 22, 2009 9:13 PM
    thegh0stOk so I know this an AMD article and this announcement is cool and all - but really Tom's - it is nearly the end of the month and I still haven't seen news on the new core i7's that I thought were supposed to be released at the end of May. Do we really have to wait until the day they come out to hear about them and research them? Is it that bad to tell us about them a little bit early so we can start making decisions on them? grrr - I've been waiting for THAT news for a while which I thought this article was about at first split second glance then read the 3rd word - AMD.

    Go yell at Intel's marketing team for not releasing info, not Toms for not making sh*t up.
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    eddieroolz , May 22, 2009 9:45 PM
    What, a quad-core Athlon! This is starting to look pretty damn good, but I wonder how they'll differentiate the Phenom X4 and Athlon X4, and what the prices would be.
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    Ciuy , May 22, 2009 9:50 PM
    Jesus, they plan launching alot of CPUs lol ... i dont even know what to get now omfg .
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    chris13th , May 22, 2009 10:00 PM
    eddieroolzWhat, a quad-core Athlon! This is starting to look pretty damn good, but I wonder how they'll differentiate the Phenom X4 and Athlon X4, and what the prices would be.

    L3 cache. read my previous post.
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    anamaniac , May 22, 2009 10:50 PM
    I may be wrong, but I believe I've also heard the Phenom II has better clock efficiency compared to the Athlons.
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    soonerproud , May 22, 2009 11:10 PM
    anamaniacI may be wrong, but I believe I've also heard the Phenom II has better clock efficiency compared to the Athlons.



    I was under the impression that the new Athlon II processors lacked L3 and are based on the original Phenom design, not the Phenom II. Could some one confirm if this is the case or not at Tom's?
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    Gin Fushicho , May 22, 2009 11:28 PM
    Athlon Quads eh? Now I actually wouldnt mind going up to a Quad.
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    B-Unit , May 22, 2009 11:37 PM
    The AthlonII chips are PhenomII's with no L3 cache.
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    soonerproud , May 23, 2009 1:16 AM
    ta152hHow is this more competition? AMD is going to release more processors based on a bad design


    I stopped reading right there because you obviously have no clue what you are talking about. The Phenom II is a excellent processor and is very competitive with current Intel processors in performance at their current price ranges.

    I just purchased a X4 955 BE because it was killing Intel processors at the same price segment and actually comes close to or outperforms the i7 in the areas that matter to me. (Gaming and multimedia are the X4 955's strong points.) I could not justify an extra $150 to buy the i7 when the performance that matters to me is very close between the two.

    Get your facts straight before coming on here and spouting you senseless rantings.
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    IzzyCraft , May 23, 2009 1:42 AM
    Good they need to stop using up all that silicone making their obese sized chips vs to intel quad cores..
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    rooseveltdon , May 23, 2009 2:38 AM
    ta152hHow is this more competition? AMD is going to release more processors based on a bad design,


    lol dude the mainstream does not need an i7 or even a high end i5,heck a gamer would be very well satisfied with a 940 be,the phenom 2 processors offer optimal performance at solid price points,the i7 really only beats the phenom 2 in multi tasking and most ppl dont even notice these differences in the real world unless they r enthusiasts or professional video editors,you talk as if just because the i7 is more powerful everyone should buy that,you are probably one of those moronic "gamers" who goes out and buys the gtx 295 to play on a 17 inch monitor,fuk outta here
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    soonerproud , May 23, 2009 2:48 AM
    @guk

    There was nothing fanboyish about my comment. Go read the reviews here at Tom's and other sites and you will see what I wrote is absolutely correct.

    BTW, I own Intel processors too.
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    rdawise , May 23, 2009 2:51 AM
    Definetly interesting...
    I will be looking forward to the new price points. I don't know if anyone has the links, but Xbits has the dual core specs and a few benchies here

    @ta152h...Not everyone wants to pay twice the price for a 20% or 30% increase on benchies. We live in the real world.
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