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x86 triple-core AMD chips eye gaming segment

Posted: 04 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:x86 triple-core processors? dual-core processors? multicore? multithreaded?

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. announced the availability of AMD Phenom X3 8000 series triple-core processors, providing gamers and digital media enthusiasts with high performance at mainstream price points.

According to AMD, the Phenom X3 processors are designed to improve multithreaded application performance over dual-core processors at the same clock speed. As the market's first triple-core x86 processor, AMD Phenom X3 processors bring multicore technology to a broader audience in search of desktop PCs that easily handle today's digital entertainment workload, AMD said.

When paired with the AMD 780 series chipset, AMD Phenom X3 processors are designed to deliver enhancements in gaming and high-definition experiences for mainstream PC customers. This AMD desktop solution can provide a full HD experience with support for the latest formats, including VC-1, MPEG-2 and H.264 on a mainstream PC.

With the AMD Unified Video Decoder (UVD), the solution can process HD playback on the GPU rather than the CPU, enabling a smooth HD viewing experience with less lag, stalling and dropped scenes in the latest Blu-ray titles, the company said.

AMD Phenom X3 processor and AMD 780G chipset based desktop PCs offer DirectX 10 gaming compatibility. Gamers looking to scale their performance with the addition of a discrete graphics card can accelerate their performance with ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology. This technology can harness the graphics power of both an ATI discrete graphics card and the motherboard GPU in tandem, delivering in some applications up to 70 percent improvements in 3D performance, according to AMD. In addition, the AMD 780G chipset is the second-generation AMD chipset to feature AMD OverDrive, a simple user interface that brings performance tuning to the masses.

Systems powered by AMD Phenom X3 processors 8400 (2.1GHz) and 8600 (2.3GHz) are expected to be initially available from leading OEMs and system builders.

-Ismini Scouras

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