AMD announces Phenom II X6

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This week,  AMD announced their new Phenom II X6 CPU,  890FX Chipset, and ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series video cards.

What makes this next generation of processor and video cards a cut above the rest?  A new 6 core CPU, a first for consumers from AMD.

The new processor is a 6 core CPU that utilizes Turbo Core technology, allowing three dedicated turbo cores to turn on/off as needed.  This will help with performance, heat and power. Luckily, consumers will not have to replace their whole system to use the new processor.AMD has stated that the new CPU will work in the current AM3 and AM2+ sockets.  It will also utilize the same heatsink/fan setup that is already in many AMD computers.

The new 890FX Chipset includes SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 natively onboard. All current AM3/AM2+ CPU’s will are also compatible and of course the new Phenom II X6. AMD is also including the OverDrive 3.2.1 and Fusion Utility for Desktop software. OverDrive  is the tuning utility for those who want to “tweak” their settings for ultimate performance.

Lastly, AMD announced the new Radeon HD 5000 Series graphics line, which support Direct X 11. This, along with ATI’s Eyefinity and Stream technologies will allow consumers to connect multiple displays (up to 6), creating a panoramic gaming or media viewing experience.

AMD is back with a vengeance.  Between the rollout of new processors and their VISION marketing, AMD wants consumers to have a choice when it comes to their desktop and laptop purchases.

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