The upcoming AMD Phenom II X4 960T processor may no longer see the light of day for the average user. It could end up in OEM systems, but for the average user, like us, it may not show up on store shelves anytime soon. AMD had originally scheduled the processor to be shipped in quarter two of this year and then delayed it to quarter three, but now its looking like it won't launch at all except in OEM systems. An AMD PR rep said that there is some desire for a quad-core Thuban chip and that enough engineering samples are in circulation, but the rep did not expect the chip to be produced for "general availability." The rep was not sure if it would make its way to OEM systems, but it seems like a good possibility at least.
The Phenom II X4 960T is basically an X6 chip with two cores disabled. People were speculating that those two cores could be unlocked easily and you would be able to have a six-core processor for the price of a quad-core. But now, that does not seem likely. Hopefully there will still be an X4 9xxT chip released, but the 960T does not seem likely at this point in time.