According to Hexus, AMD has launched new triple-core X3 processors. One of the new CPUs is AMD's first Black Edition triple-core, and it's called the Phenom X3 8750 Black Edition. The Black Edition CPUs traditionally differ from the non-Black parts by offering unlocked multipliers for overclocking. AMD has yet to announce the 8750 BE, but the new chip will likely drop straight into the company's current lineup, though it might carry a small premium over the standard 8750.
Two other new CPUs were introduced as well including a Phenom X3 8450e, and Phenom X3 8250e. Both of the CPUs as designated by the "e" are energy efficient, low-power CPUs.
Pricing for the 8750 Black Edition is $134, a mere $5 more than the non-Black Edition part, according to Hexus. Pricing isn’t available on the other two CPUs, but as Hexus points out, the standard 8450 retails for $104. AMD has traditionally charged a premium for its power-efficient parts, so it's anyone's guess where this particular chip will end up.
In addition to the new processors, AMD has also announced "Optimum Platform Virtualization" for Opteron Server CPUs that allows them to run with Microsoft virtualization enabled. Opterons designed to run Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtualization software are now marked as AMD-V.
AMD's Kevin Knox, VP of worldwide commercial business, said, "Now, through our continued partnership with Microsoft, AMD is expanding virtualization's reach and the benefits of resource consolidation to companies that might not have taken advantage of virtualization in the past."
It is interesting to note that the supposed AMD roadmap that I reported on earlier this week didn’t show these three X3 processors.Posted on