AMD Phenom II X6 1090T rocks more cores and gentle clocking

by Rafael Hernandez on May 3, 2010 · 0 comments

Many computing tasks are making good use of the extra cores found in processors today, unfortunately some of the tasks that require brute force to work through can’t exactly be parallelized.

Thankfully the AMD Phenom II X6 1090T has that covered by offering six cores and a Turbo CORE technique which will push clock rates on a trio of the cores when such a task requires it. VR-Zone has the review:

First of all, the AMD Phenom II X6 1090T, by packing in more cores and more cache, outruns the previous generation AMD flagship. Secondly, AMD achieved this feat without incurring significant TDP increase despite staying on 45nm lithography. In our measurements, changing from the Phenom II X4 955 to the Phenom II X6 1090T on the Asus Crosshair IV setup raised total loaded system consumption by ~15W, at the same time reducing idle system consumption by ~11W. Thirdly, the Phenom II X6 1090T is a plug-and-play affair for AM3 mainboards, requiring at best, a BIOS update on the mainboard it sits in.

Takes quite a bit of effort to make a larger chip actually consume less energy while being idle, which is where most CPUs are a large portion of the day.

Previous post:

Next post: