According to our sources, AMD is expected to launch a number of Phenom X3 triple-core processors this week — even today. The new processors are based on AMD’s Toliman core which are all currently clocked at a maximum frequency of 2.4 GHz.
However, this week Tom’s Hardware is expecting a number of new Toliman processors to hit the streets that not only give a jump in clock frequency, but also reduction in power usage.
– Phenom X3 8750 (2.5 GHz/95W)
– Phenom X3 8550 (2.2 GHz/95W)
– Phenom X3 8450e (2.1 GHz/65W)
The current batches of Phenom X3 87xx, 86xx and 84xx processors are all 95W processors. With the new "e" designation, AMD is releasing new lower wattage CPUs. The Phenom X3 8450e is the first batch of 65W Phenom X3 processors and will be followed by the Phenom X3 8250e running at 1.9 GHz and consume 65W. The biggest feature of the Phenom X3 8750 will be that it’s an unlocked processor. Those in the overclocking crowd can give a nod to this.
AMD Phenom 8750 Toliman 2.4GHz, the fastest currently available processor gets a speed bump to 2.5 GHz but no reduction in power usage.
All Toliman cores are DDR2 based CPUs with 2 MB of L3 cache and 512 KB of L2 cache per core. With this week’s releases of Phenom X3, AMD rounds out its releases for September.
Coming in October however, AMD will be introducing a Phenom X3 8850 processor running at 2.5GHz but don’t jump on this one. We are told that in the December time frame, AMD will be releasing unlocked batches of the Phenom X3 8850 processors. The Phenom X3 8850 marks AMD’s final triple-core processor release until 2009, at which time AMD will be introducing its new Heka triple-core processor on the new AM3-socket platform supporting DDR3.