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AMD Has An Ace Up Its Sleeve

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 37 comments


Taipei (Taiwan) - AMD has pulled a rabbit out of its hat to increase the performance of its existing Phenom triple-core (8000-series) and quad-core (9000-series) processors. Six "hidden pins" on the processors and chipsets are the secret, which, our sources told us, will enable simple overclocking through the southbridge - and accelerate the current processors on demand.

The name of the game is called "unlocking the multiplier", which will be played with the SB700 and SB750 southbridge chips. If you are running an upcoming 2.8 GHz Black Edition CPU, a motherboard with the old SB600 model (RD690) will keep the processor cores operating at 2.8 GHz. However, if you have a motherboard with the SB700 chipset, you will receive a free upgrade to 3.0 GHz. And if you get a motherboard with a SB750 chip, your processor will run at 3.2 GHz, which matches the clock speed of the Athlon X2 6400+ - the highest clocked processor AMD ever offerred.

We have seen motherboards with 780G, 790FX and 790GX chipsets in ATX and mATX form factors, which all support this feature. Now it is up to AMD to execute and deliver a compelling user processor.

The actual overclocking is done either through the BIOS, a utility, or simply by pressing a physical button on certain motherboards. The release date of this technology is unknown, but we know that it will be available in time for the 790GX launch.

There you have it: An overclocking feature for AMD CPUs. It just does not get any more better than this. Now we just need to know how this overclocking feature will compare to Intel’s processors, how power consumption and heat dissipation will be affected and what that all means for AMD’s balanced platform marketing pitch.

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    Anonymous , June 6, 2008 12:30 AM
    wtf, this make no sense at all? are you on drug or something?
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    SEALBoy , June 6, 2008 12:38 AM
    I'm still trying to make sense of this article...
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    mr roboto , June 6, 2008 12:48 AM
    Huh? A physical button on your motherboard? Seriously re-write the article for human comprehension.
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    zenmaster , June 6, 2008 1:13 AM
    Ummm, Weren't the BE Chips already Unlocked?
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    cletus_slackjawd , June 6, 2008 1:15 AM
    I think the article is referring to the new "Turbo" button that is making a comeback. I think I read somewhere this will be a retro feature to increase performance when needed. I think it is MSI that will start using this feature. What did you guys find so hard to understand about the article?
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    LoboBrancoTimido , June 6, 2008 1:45 AM
    Now lets hope Intel doesn't roadkill the rabbit...
    The Turbo button, now that's a thing I don't miss that at all!

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    Pei-chen , June 6, 2008 1:52 AM
    Do you mean that the CPU speed is depending on the motherboard? For example, a 2.5GHz CPU on an $80 board is 2.5GHz, 2.6GHz on a $150 board and 2.7GHz on a $200 board.
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    onearmedscissorb , June 6, 2008 2:00 AM
    lolocaust on a stick
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    Dalyinx , June 6, 2008 2:03 AM
    yeah. where are these extra pins? are they in the mobos? I don't get it at all.
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    joefriday , June 6, 2008 2:54 AM
    Black Edition Phenom at 2.8GHz? I've heard no word of such a beast. Theo gets too excited. Lay off the AMD Cool Aid.
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    aznguy0028 , June 6, 2008 2:58 AM
    lol this is awesome, makes it sound like a Nitrous Oxide button in a car or something. :D 
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    dv8silencer , June 6, 2008 3:05 AM
    wow... wtf?
    rewrite this article please
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    xx12amanxx , June 6, 2008 3:43 AM's not nice to play with our emotion's like that!

    But if this turn's out to be true and offer's some kind of performance increase then maybe i will not buy the new Intel offering's and stay with AMD?
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    Lozil , June 6, 2008 3:59 AM
    What the Hell...?
    That article is just way over my head... Can you tell it in simple terms...?
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    Zorg , June 6, 2008 4:46 AM
    No comment :lol: 
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    spongebob , June 6, 2008 5:21 AM
    "It just does not get any more better than this." ????

    Sounds more like a sales pitch than an impartial article. Are you long on AMD stock?
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    Anonymous , June 6, 2008 6:22 AM
    I guess we just should not expect too much from the author of this article, after all he's originally from The Inquirer.
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    christian summer , June 6, 2008 6:35 AM
    all your turbo buttons are belong to us...

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    lopopo , June 6, 2008 6:38 AM
    hmmm ...the Inquirer does suck...
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    erekp , June 6, 2008 7:13 AM
    "It just does not get any more better than this." More better??? Please learn English or even American English and then re-write this sad excuse for an article.
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