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AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 'Black Ops' Overclocking

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Overclockers to push the new Phenom II X6 as far as it can go this Friday.

AMD today launched its hexacore solution for enthusiasts. While getting a six-core chip from Intel will set you back $1,000, the AMD solution can be had for just $200 (or $285 for the top-end one).

"With AMD Phenom II X6 processors, discerning customers can build an incredible, immersive entertainment system and content creation powerhouse,” said Bob Grim, director of Client Platform Marketing at AMD. “AMD is answering the call for elite desktop PC performance and features at an affordable price.”

AMD Phenom II X6 processors feature new Turbo CORE technology that transfers performance to three dedicated cores operating at higher frequency. AMD Phenom II X6 processors can shift to Turbo mode for demanding games and productivity software which may employ two or three cores, or shift back to six real cores for the demands of core-hungry content creation and immersive 3D applications.

Check out our full review here.

To celebrate the launch of its latest CPU product, AMD is holding a special overclocking event completely live and set up for streaming over the internet. On April 30th, starting at 12 noon Central Time, eight overclocking teams from around the world are going to find out just how fast they can push the new CPUs. Check out the BlackOps site for more.

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    alextheblue , April 28, 2010 12:42 AM
    Way to quote the conclusion of the full article, Inova, without giving any indication of whose words those are, or where you got them from.
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    shadow187 , April 28, 2010 1:09 AM
    Congrats builder, you proved it has issues with Crysis.
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    mavanhel , April 28, 2010 12:46 AM
    You should still cite Tom's when you use long quotes like that in0va3, even when you're on their site.
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    nforce4max , April 28, 2010 12:24 AM
    I spy cpu upgrade some day. I want a 65w E edition when they come out.
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    alextheblue , April 28, 2010 12:42 AM
    Way to quote the conclusion of the full article, Inova, without giving any indication of whose words those are, or where you got them from.
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    mavanhel , April 28, 2010 12:46 AM
    You should still cite Tom's when you use long quotes like that in0va3, even when you're on their site.
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    shadow187 , April 28, 2010 1:09 AM
    Congrats builder, you proved it has issues with Crysis.
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    1st duke of marlborough , April 28, 2010 1:10 AM
    Just buy the cheaper one then overclock it, it's not that much more difficult without the black edition!
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    Anonymous , April 28, 2010 1:31 AM
    Gian124
    "you can save $6 and get a Core i7-920 that out performs the new X6 1090T even at stock settings... has been around forever, and shows extreme headroom"

    i believe this event is to try and establish how much headroom the x6 has (AMD must be pretty confident of the headroom to be throwing such an event), as for the 920 out performing the x6 i believe that was on most games only, the x6 left the 920 in the dust on threaded applications, and if this thing got headroom to spare that advantage might not be so compelling, but your right thuban is just a stop gap, bulldozer is the real game changer.....
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    dreamer77dd , April 28, 2010 1:39 AM
    it not really a chip for gaming but for work and content creation. if i was a using this for work i rather this AMD for 200$ then spending a 1000$ i can just save my money and buy the next new chip that comes out. i will have money left over. i dont mind loosing a second or something when creating content. It not a gaming chip so showing Crysis does make any sense.
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    IronRyan21 , April 28, 2010 2:07 AM
    otacon72But bulldozer won't be out until 2011 and this quote says it best.."Not only does Bulldozer have just a single floating point unit for each pair of integer units. It's also limited to executing floating point instructions in 128-bit chunks. Later this year, Intel should have launched its Sandy Bridge architecture complete with 256-bit floating-point power."AMD is forever stuck in the value market.


    Wow so you have the silicon on hand? Can I see some bulldozer benchmarks? FPU is 256 bit in BD. 90% of comsumer apps use interger ops, not fp. why waste silicon on FPU? just beef up intergers. Besides, this is about thuban and how it sucks at gaming, but good for productivity..
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    henrystrawn , April 28, 2010 2:20 AM
    Value is what I am after, I have a hard time spending "bragging rights".
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    Anonymous , April 28, 2010 2:37 AM
    otacon72 :
    But bulldozer won't be out until 2011 and this quote says it best.."Not only does Bulldozer have just a single floating point unit for each pair of integer units. It's also limited to executing floating point instructions in 128-bit chunks. Later this year, Intel should have launched its Sandy Bridge architecture complete with 256-bit floating-point power."

    actually this was probably a strategic move on AMD behalf if i translate correctly (and not being a big wig at AMD i might be wrong) but the idea was to move alot of intensive computational task to the GPU, for all intent and purpose the GPU is converted to a general purpose processing unit which is much more capable at executing computational repetitive and intensive task in parallel then a CPU can (kind of like that fermi is trying for). AMD is probably betting that the FPU might not be so important in the future but rather large banks of processing units to execute threaded applications in parallel

    and yes this is a value proposition, because a general purpose GPU core is far cheaper then a ful CPU core, but at the same time it's far more streamlined too and allows for the possibility of scaling non-linearly (you could add more GPU cores with out the need for adding CPU cores or you could add more CPU cores while scaling back the GPU cores, chances are this may well be tied to the TDP, as we are already seeing how chips are being geared to fit a certain TDP for a certain market)

    but as stated this is just my interpretation of bulldozer....
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    Zinosys , April 28, 2010 2:46 AM
    Honestly the i7 930 and 1090T seem equal to me. It really just depends what applications you plan on using. If you want to go multithreaded, if you're doing mass rendering, or whatever, then the 1090T is a good option.

    If you're doing fewer multithreaded things, then the 930 will work better for you.

    I'm sure we'll see some more benchies in the future that will illustrate greater differences between the hexacores and the 930.

    But for now, six cores for under $300 is pretty cool stuff.
    Just my $.02. Cheers.
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    lotri , April 28, 2010 3:03 AM
    From what I've read from these forums, AMD is cost-effective, but Intel has better performance.
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    enzo matrix , April 28, 2010 3:11 AM
    AlexTheBlueWay to quote the conclusion of the full article, Inova, without giving any indication of whose words those are, or where you got them from.

    I was wondering where I'd read those words before!
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    Anonymous , April 28, 2010 3:55 AM
    to complicated, to complicated. Sorry I cannot read all this stuff.
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    abbadon_34 , April 28, 2010 3:56 AM
    multi-core isn't working out the way we hoped. Bring back the Ghz race !!!
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