Summary: The first ever six-core socket AM3 processor from AMD has arrived to directly compete against Intel's robust Core i7 9-series 'Nehalem' chips. Code named 'Thuban', the new 3.2GHz AMD Phenom II X6 1090T processor introduces with it a dynamic overclocking technology called TurboCore.
Conclusion: Ever since Intel launched their Core i7 (and later Core i5) CPUs, AMD have been left needing to compete on pricing and the like rather than outright performance - Hardly an unsurprising state of affairs given Intel's traditional dominance of top-notch manufacturing processes and engineering, but it...
The AMD Phenom II X6 "Thuban" 1090T 6-core Black Edition Processor Review
29 April 2010
Summary: AMD has really done it again. They've brought us the best mix of features and performance and provided them to us at the best possible price. Never would I ever had thought that we could get to a 6-core CPU for $209.99 US (for the 1055T).
Pros: 6-cores for $295 US!, Unmatched performance at this price point, Over 160 existing AMD motherboards supported with just a BIOS update, You can build a whole high performance 6-Core workstation/gaming machine for under $1000!
Cons: You might find yourself buying one even though you don't need one!
Conclusion: Despite being an astonishing £600 cheaper than the exorbitantly-priced Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition , the X6 1090T BE still isn’t a very good buy. That’s because despite being clocked at a respectable 3.2GHz and having a useful auto-overclocking feature in Turbo Core, it’s based on a...
Conclusion: Loaded with six processing cores, the 3.2-GHz Phenom II X6 1090T is the most powerful consumer processor AMD has ever released, and it's compellingly priced (at just $285). But if you want top-level speed, you'll have to shell out more for an Intel chip—even the 1090T will only take you so far.
Pros: AMD's fastest processor yet. Turbo CORE technology introduces automatic overclocking. Less expensive than Intel's top-tier CPU.
Cons: Considerably less powerful than Intel's high-end CPUs.
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 6-core Thuban Processor Review
27 April 2010
Excerpt: The original Phenom II redesign (Deneb) on 45 nm gave AMD the product which could match Intel in terms of overall performance with the older Core 2 Quad series of parts. Unfortunately for AMD, the Intel i7 series proved to be far too powerful of an opponent to overtake.
Conclusion: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time.
Pros: Six physical processor cores, Introduces AMD Turbo CORE technology, Excellent price-performance ratio, Overlocks to 4.0GHz with 4.3GHz Turbo CORE, Maintains AMD socket AM3 compatability, Outstanding media transcoding or file compression performance, Dominates professional engineering and design t...
Cons: Shared L3 cache is the same between four, and six-core units, Utilizes aging 45nm fabrication process
Six Cores from AMD: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition and Phenom II X6 1055T CPU Review
26 April 2010
Summary: AMD followed into Intel’s footsteps and launched their six-core processors as well. However, they used a completely different approach: AMD decided not to switch to new manufacturing process or develop a completely new semiconductor die.