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 SteelCity1981
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Look out, Intel -- six cores are mightier than four, don'tcha know? Shortly after introducing a six-core processor in the server sector, AMD is reportedly angling to issue a hexa-core chip over on the consumer side. The chip maker has confirmed to Maximum PC that a six-core slab of silicon (codenamed Thuban) will be released in 2010, with the real kicker being that it'll be fully backwards compatible with existing AM3 and AM2+ mainboards. It'll be based on 45nm process technology and will boast an integrated DDR3 controller, 3MB of L2 cache and 6MB of L3 cache, and while the outfit wouldn't confirm, word on the street has it that the final product will sport a Phenom II X6 moniker. So, Core i9 -- what have you to say now?

http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/21/amd-to-bring-six-core-thuban-processor-to-the-consumer-realm/


It's nice to see that AMD isn't leaving its consumors high and dry this time around that own a last generation AMD platform by continuing to support the AM2+ platform with the latest, up and coming AMD 6-Core processor.
 NurbyDriver
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AM3/AM2+ Platforms To Support AMD's Upcoming 6-Core CPU's
Posted: 11/2/2009 11:32:34 AM
Problem is, unless the app/game you are running is programmed to take advantage of more than one core, then the other 5 sit idle- so what is the advantage of having 6 cores @2.0Ghz when you can only use one?

Unless they have done like I hear the i7 has and have a way to draw cycles from the unused cores when using a non-hyperthreaded game or app.

I do think it's a good thing that they will be backwards compatible but so few apps or games even take advantage of dual and quad core now, what's the point?
 SteelCity1981
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AM3/AM2+ Platforms To Support AMD's Upcoming 6-Core CPU's
Posted: 11/2/2009 2:31:26 PM
Why isn't a good thing for the 6-Core cpu to be backwards compatible with both platforms? The AM2+ platform isn't that old for one and a lot more people have an AM2+ system then they an AM3 system right now. AM2+ systems are excatly the same as an AM3 system the only diff is AM3 platforms support DDR3 while AM2+ platforms support DDR2. Everything else from the Hypertransport speed to the chipsets are the same.
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