|AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition CPU review|
|AMD Phenom II X6 architecture|
|Test setup, memory/cache bandwidth|
|Turbo mode, Overclocking|
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition CPU review
After the race to ever-higher clock speeds demonstrated by CPU manufacturers in the past, the 21st century so far has very much concentrated on a new for of competition between Intel and AMD - The race to provide from processing cores. With the ability to ramp up clock speeds to ever-higher levels exhausted, adding processing value with more CPU cores is a logical step forward and thus dual-cores became the de facto standard in the PC CPU market, followed later by quad-core offerings.
However, 2010 sees both CPU giants looking to make the next leap in the desktop market, as both companies seek to transition to six-core parts, at the high-end at least. While Intel have won this race in literal terms by succeeding in bringing their expensive Extreme Edition Core i7 980X to retail shelves first, AMD are taking a rather different approach, targeting more affordable price points with their first hexa-core offerings.
Thus, recent weeks have seen the lid lifted on two Phenom II X6 CPUs, and today we take a look at the part which marks itself out as AMD's new flagship offering - The multiplier unlocked Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition. Is the launch of an affordable six-core CPU going to be the revelation which propels AMD towards a place as top dog in the CPU space? Let's take a look at what it's all about, once you've stopped admiring the shot of the "Thuban" die which this processor employs below.