Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Feb 2009 23:25 UTC
AMD "The ink is barely dry on AMD's Socket AM2 Phenom II launch, but Sunnyvale is making up for lost time when it comes to debuting new products. On Monday, February 9, the CPU manufacturer released a total of five new Phenom II-class processors, all of which are classified as Socket AM3 parts. Unlike Socket AM2 chips, which are only compatible with DDR2 memory, Socket AM3 CPUs can use either RAM standard and drop neatly into either motherboard. The backwards-compatibility of Socket AM3 chips should make them quite attractive to anyone upgrading an older Athlon 64 X2 or even a Phenom part; AMD's Phenom II (aka Deneb) offers a number of significant performance and thermal improvements over the ill-fated Phenom I. Remember that backward compatibility only goes one direction - AM2+ processors will not work in AM3 boards."
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Yummy Overclocks too!
by Piranha on Tue 10th Feb 2009 15:24 UTC
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the X3 version (AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition) was able to get a ~100% overclock. It seems AMD was able to fix the cold bugs.

From the article:
With the Phenom II, AMD has overcome a huge headache commonly referred to as the “cold bug.” Most processors in the past would have different types of cold bugs. A cold bug could effect stability during overclocking, while severe bugs would completely shut down the computer or prevent it from booting. Not all chips have the bugs at the same level. Some of the original Phenoms experienced bugs as high (or low, depending on how you're looking at it) as 0 C, while other chips went down to -40 C before running into problems with lock-ups.

Good to see AMD is still pursuing Intel!

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