AMD Begins Shipping Tri-Core Phenom
Yes, apparently as of yesterday AMD started to ship its Tri-Core Phenom processors to PC manufacturers, meaning desktops featuring the chips will start to appear soon from vendors including Dell and HP. AMD said last year when it added the Tri-Core to its line-up that it would be available in the first quarter of 2008 and it looks as though it will live up to that claim. There is no word on when you'll be able to grab one of these chips for yourself in the retail channel however. If you are particularly keen and happen to live in the UK, then PC vendor Mesh Computers has already began to offer systems based on the AMD parts. The Mesh Matrix XXX Plus features the Phenom 8400, with its three cores running at 2.1GHz, while the Matrix XXX Pro (pictured) comes with the 8600 model which runs at 2.3GHz. Triple Core processors exist in a limbo zone between dual-core and quad-core parts. I'm sure someone at AMD would tell you that it would provide a good comprimise between the two.