Those of you who do high threading tasks, such as: For example, intensive 3D work, video coding or Excel modeling would have marked March 2010 when Intel released its first desktop hexa-core processor. The Core i7 980X offers hyper-threading support and offers 12 working threads that achieve significant performance gains over its quad-core siblings in a number of applications.
By reducing the design process to 32 nm, these additional cores and the additional performance do not result in additional electricity costs. We were very excited, but like most Intel Extreme Edition processors, the Core i7 980X is a difficult sale given its $ 1,000 list price.
If money doesn't matter, the 6-core Core i7 980X processor is as good as it is now. Conversely, AMD's announcement today should follow the same trend as the latest Phenom CPU versions. AMD hopes to be able to offer the Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition and Phenom II X6 1055T, a more attractive six-core processor at far more realistic prices.
The Phenom II X6 1090T BE is expected to hit the shelves for just under $ 300, three times cheaper than the Core i7 980X.
At this price, this 3.2 GHz hexa-core AMD processor will stand next to the Core i7 930 and the Core i7 860 from Intel. I want to remind you that this is a fully unlocked Black Edition chip that, depending on overclocking, can be a real bargain for those of you who are willing to tweak your hardware a bit.
Those looking for something even cheaper will not be disappointed with today's AMD announcement. The Phenom II X6 1055T sells for just $ 220, just $ 20 more than the Core i5 750. This should make for an interesting shoot.
AMD is certainly taking the necessary steps to create tough competition for Intel. In our latest CPU roundup, which dealt with processors in the $ 100 to $ 200 range, AMD gained in value and mainstream goals, while we lacked in performance when we turned to the high-end models. If things go in the right places, AMD could finally have an answer for the Core i5 750 and possibly processors beyond that brand.
Like all Phenom II processors, these new hexa-core versions are designed for use with DDR3 memory on the AM3 platform, but can also be coupled to older AM2 / AM2 + motherboards via DDR2 memory. No doubt, the dream of an upgrade comes true when you consider that the older platform is almost 4 years old.
For today's tests, we will use the newer AM3 platform with the new 890FX chipset, which will also be launched today.