Microprocessor manufacturer AMD Corp. has just officially released its new hexa-core processors. The parts, selling under the trademark Phenom II X6, are based on the Thuban design and feature six physical cores. The new processors, along with HD5800-series of graphics cards and the 890FX motherboard chipset, form the updated enthusiast-level platform AMD calls Leo.
Two CPUs are launching on April 27th, the Phenom II X6 1055T and the 1090T Black Edition, respectively priced at the 200$ and 300$ marks. The products are very similar, with only clock speeds differentiating the two. The 1090T is also featuring an unlocked multiplier, useful to enthusiasts and overclockers. The 1055T comes with an operating frequency of 2.8Ghz, while the 1090T is clocked at 3.2Ghz. Thuban processors are able to auto-overclock some cores using AMD’s Turbo Core technology when three cores or more are idle. Doing so brings core speed up to 3.3Ghz on the 1055T, and to 3.6Ghz on the 1090T. Both parts have a rated thermal envelope of 125w.
The new parts are compatible with all AM2+ and AM3 motherboards, but manufacturers must release a BIOS update in order to have the CPUs correctly recognized. Also launching today is the new 890FX chipset for high-end AM3 motherboards, the final piece of the Leo platform.