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AMD's first Triple Core put to test

AMD Phenom X3 8750 reviewed

After the Phenom X4 9100e and Core 2 Duo E7200 today the Phenom X3 8750 is finally released.

AMD Phenom X3 8750 reviewed
 
AMD Phenom X3 8750 reviewed [Source: view picture gallery]


AMD Phenom X3 8750: three cores à 2,4 GHz and 3x 512 KiByte Level 2 Cache (picture: PCGH)
 
AMD Phenom X3 8750: three cores à 2,4 GHz and 3x 512 KiByte Level 2 Cache (picture: PCGH) [Source: view picture gallery]
AMD Phenom X3 8750: three cores à 2,4 GHz and 3x 512 KiByte Level 2 Cache (picture: PCGH)
 
AMD Phenom X3 8750: three cores à 2,4 GHz and 3x 512 KiByte Level 2 Cache (picture: PCGH) [Source: view picture gallery]
For weeks AMD listed two processors, which however weren't available: The Phenom X3 8400 and the X3 8600. According to the names they both belong to the B2 stepping, which, as the observant reader might know, is infected with the TLB-Bug. This actually could be one of the reasons why those triple cores never crossed the sales counter.

The name is Core, Triple Core
Today the lights turn green for the new revision, which is based on the purged B3 stepping. We checked AMD's the triple core top-dog, the Phenom X3 8750 with a clock speed of 2.4 GHz, for its performance. Additionally the X3 8650 (2.3 GHz) and the X3 8450 (2.1 GHz) were released today. They are the B3 versions of the CPUs we mentioned before. By decreasing the 8750's multiplier we simulated those two processors, to see what they are capable of. The chart below shows the most important Phenoms:



In fact the triple core Phenoms are nothing more than quad cores, who got a single core and the associated cache deactivated. This enables AMD to sell processors, which were thought of as broken.


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Author: Raffael Vötter (Apr 23, 2008)


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