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AMD Confirms Six-Core 'Thuban' Consumer CPUs

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AMD has confirmed that the company will soon launch six-core 45nm consumer level processors.

IDF kicks off today and while Intel is was busy getting ready for the party, AMD has stepped in and snatched just a smidgen of the limelight by announcing that it is readying a hexa-core processor aimed at consumer desktops.

The chip, codenamed Thubon, is set for release sometime next year and according to Maximum PC, it will be backwards compatible with existing AM3 and AM2+ motherboards. Maximum PC cites AMD officials who Monday said that the heavily rumored Thurbon was "a done deal."

Thurbon will feature all six cores on a single 45nm die, feature an integrated DDR3 controller and is expected to have 3MB of L2 and 6MB of L3 cache. No word on branding or clock speeds as of yet but MPC reports the Phenom II X6 as a possible label.

All together now, ooooh!

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    socrates047 , September 22, 2009 2:47 PM
    YEAH GO AMD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    godwhomismike , September 22, 2009 2:50 PM
    Kaiser_25Idonno i still think the core i7 side by side will be close, hope to see the comparison of the benchmarks. And Intels Westmere core wont be too shabby either..


    I hate to compare them, because when it comes down to it, majority of the buyers pick AMD for cost and/or brand loyalty.
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    godwhomismike , September 22, 2009 2:44 PM
    I have read that AMD plans on a 12-core Opteron CPU by Q2 2010. It's too bad that they couldn't leap frog over Intel and go for the throat by releasing desktop and server 12-core CPUs simultaneously. I am sure there would be a market for a $400 12-core 2.6 GHz CPU if AMD released it. Make an AMD AM3 Extreme motherboard which is basically a rebadged server motherboard with two AM3 sockets on it and 8 ram slots.
    24 cores, 16GB DDR3 ram, and two 5870x2 in crossfire - drool!!!

    But, I will gladly take a 3.0+ GHz six-core AMD Processor for $245. Maybe by Q2 2010, the prices for 4GB modules of DDR3 memory will have dropped significantly.
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    godwhomismike , September 22, 2009 2:44 PM
    I have read that AMD plans on a 12-core Opteron CPU by Q2 2010. It's too bad that they couldn't leap frog over Intel and go for the throat by releasing desktop and server 12-core CPUs simultaneously. I am sure there would be a market for a $400 12-core 2.6 GHz CPU if AMD released it. Make an AMD AM3 Extreme motherboard which is basically a rebadged server motherboard with two AM3 sockets on it and 8 ram slots.
    24 cores, 16GB DDR3 ram, and two 5870x2 in crossfire - drool!!!

    But, I will gladly take a 3.0+ GHz six-core AMD Processor for $245. Maybe by Q2 2010, the prices for 4GB modules of DDR3 memory will have dropped significantly.
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    ryanegeiger , September 22, 2009 2:46 PM
    How many app's would even take advantage of this?
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    socrates047 , September 22, 2009 2:47 PM
    YEAH GO AMD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Kaiser_25 , September 22, 2009 2:48 PM
    Idonno i still think the core i7 side by side will be close, hope to see the comparison of the benchmarks. And Intels Westmere core wont be too shabby either..
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    godwhomismike , September 22, 2009 2:50 PM
    Kaiser_25Idonno i still think the core i7 side by side will be close, hope to see the comparison of the benchmarks. And Intels Westmere core wont be too shabby either..


    I hate to compare them, because when it comes down to it, majority of the buyers pick AMD for cost and/or brand loyalty.
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    chaohsiangchen , September 22, 2009 2:51 PM
    godwhomismikeI am sure there would be a market for a $400 12-core 2.6 GHz CPU if AMD released it.


    You can't have dual AM3 socket motherboard. AM3 socket is not built for multi-CPU. AM3 has no provision for CPU-to-CPU communication like Socket F has.

    I am not sure about how to use six cores. Maybe as X Window server for general home computing?
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    captaincharisma , September 22, 2009 2:58 PM
    ryanegeigerHow many app's would even take advantage of this?



    god knows. there are barely any apps out now that even take advantage of quad cores
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    Kaiser_25 , September 22, 2009 3:04 PM
    godwhomismikeI hate to compare them, because when it comes down to it, majority of the buyers pick AMD for cost and/or brand loyalty.


    Price is huge i understand but, typically for enthusiasts we are more converned with
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    deadlockedworld , September 22, 2009 3:15 PM
    I have to agree... is there really practical use for it? I still haven't encountered anything for my dual core E8400 to really struggle with...
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    SAL-e , September 22, 2009 3:17 PM
    ryanegeigerHow many app's would even take advantage of this?

    Writing multithreaded apps is not a walk in the park, but even if you run only single threaded apps you can take advantage of multiple core system. Just look your toolbar. How many apps are running at all time. In addition if you using browser like Chrome that creates separate process for each tab you going to feel the benefits of extra 2 cores. Price you pay is the power and heat.
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    tektek , September 22, 2009 3:18 PM
    sometimes some news can make a tear run down ur eyes...not a fanboy.. love the core2duo chips.. but this is some good news for all techies!!
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    dark_lord69 , September 22, 2009 3:20 PM
    Sweet, this might be my upgrade of choice.
    I've been running an Athlon 64 X2 4200+ for waaay too long now.
    Hell I'd be happy with a Phenom II X4 945.
    Core i7 is waaay to expensive for the CPU and motherboard.
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    godwhomismike , September 22, 2009 3:22 PM
    Writing multithreaded applications is what I am focusing on in grad school. Next semester, I am taking a Parallel Computing course, where I will be writing applications for 32, 64, and 128 processor supercomputers.
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    jellico , September 22, 2009 3:23 PM
    Alright! It's about time AMD steps up their game instead of just playing try-to-keep-up with Intel.
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    jellico , September 22, 2009 3:28 PM
    ryanegeigerHow many app's would even take advantage of this?

    captaincharismagod knows. there are barely any apps out now that even take advantage of quad cores

    You guys forget that, *WE* will take advantage of this because WE are the sorts of people who are typically running half a dozen (or more) different apps at the same time. Even if few apps take advantage of multi-cores, the OS takes advantage of multi-cores, and that's really what matters. Besides, the next generation of games will likely be written to take advantage of 4+ cores. The gaming industry is always writing games for tomorrow's technology.
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    zorky9 , September 22, 2009 3:28 PM
    ryanegeigerHow many app's would even take advantage of this?


    Far Cry 3 perhaps...
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    xaira , September 22, 2009 3:31 PM
    godwhomismikeI am sure there would be a market for a $400 12-core 2.6 GHz CPU if AMD released it. Make an AMD AM3 Extreme motherboard which is basically a rebadged server motherboard with two AM3 sockets on it and 8 ram slots.24 cores, 16GB DDR3 ram, and two 5870x2 in crossfire - drool!!!But, I will gladly take a 3.0+ GHz six-core AMD Processor for $245.


    the amd 12 core cpu will be 2 new gen 6 core chips glued together on a g34 socket, it wont be backward compatible, but it will be good to see a 12 core cpu for desktop environment.

    and dont get ur clock hopes too high for thuban, amd has already said that the clocks wont be as high as current gen phenom ii x4
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    Anonymous , September 22, 2009 3:35 PM
    Finally everyone will be able to play crysis and run antivirus scan at the same time. And still have enough processing power left to compute some Boinc project in the background :) 
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    werfu , September 22, 2009 3:39 PM
    godwhomismikeI have read that AMD plans on a 12-core Opteron CPU by Q2 2010. It's too bad that they couldn't leap frog over Intel and go for the throat by releasing desktop and server 12-core CPUs simultaneously. I am sure there would be a market for a $400 12-core 2.6 GHz CPU if AMD released it. Make an AMD AM3 Extreme motherboard which is basically a rebadged server motherboard with two AM3 sockets on it and 8 ram slots.24 cores, 16GB DDR3 ram, and two 5870x2 in crossfire - drool!!!But, I will gladly take a 3.0+ GHz six-core AMD Processor for $245. Maybe by Q2 2010, the prices for 4GB modules of DDR3 memory will have dropped significantly.


    That would be utterly cool, but AMD wont do this again. They tried with Quad FX, but they failed miserably. Dual socket system cost too much to make for the gain you get in gaming and professionals have no need for a game oriented system. They already use dual socket F+ motherboard with opterons and they can run multiple card for rendering in their system without the need for a SLI or Crossfire sticker on it.

    BTW nothing is stopping you to buy a Tyan board with dual socket (like http://www.tyan.com/product_SKU_spec.aspx?ProductType=MB&pid=651&SKU=600000130) equip it with two 4890 graphic card and pwn n00bs using your uber costy rig that work the same a i7 would have done for the same price :p 
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    radnor , September 22, 2009 3:39 PM
    The Only advantadge is my Seti@home. The rest ? Well, things arent yet optimized for Quad-core, much less for six, eight or twelve.

    Anyway, i won't replace my 955 BE for this one.
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