AMD's 6-Core Processor Details Appear
AMD's upcoming 6-Core processor codenamed Thuban will be released sometime during the first half of 2010. The processor, which could be branded as Phenom II X6, will come equipped for AM3 (but will maintain backwards compatibility with AM2+ and DDR2), will be built on the 45nm fabrication process, and will come with 3MB of L2 Cache (512kB Per Core) and 6MB L3 Cache (Shared). What's nice to know is that, because it will be based of of its server counterparts, it should have similar characteristics, such as the D0 stepping, a TDP near the 115Ws of the server parts which would probably be 125W (or even around 75W for the energy efficient parts) and should be priced around $300-$500. What's new is that it is said to start off clocked at 2.8 GHz, which means that there could be a bit of headroom for some overclocking. Time will tell what AMD holds in store for us, so stay tuned!