- New AMD Phenom(tm) X3 8000 series processors and AMD 780 chipsets
create the ultimate mainstream desktop platform -
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the
availability of AMD Phenom(tm) X3 8000 series triple-core processors,
providing gamers and digital media enthusiasts with exceptional
performance at mainstream price points. AMD Phenom X3 processors are
designed to improve multi-threaded application performance over
dual-core processors at the same clock speed. As the world's only
triple-core x86 processor, AMD Phenom X3 processors bring multi-core
technology to a broader audience in search of desktop PCs that easily
handle today's digital entertainment workloads.
When paired with the AMD 780 series chipset, AMD Phenom X3 processors
can deliver significant enhancements in gaming and high-definition
experiences for mainstream PC customers. This AMD desktop solution can
provide a full HD experience with support for the latest and most
demanding formats, including VC-1, MPEG-2 and H.264 on a mainstream PC.
With the AMD Unified Video Decoder (UVD), the solution can process HD
playback on the better-suited GPU rather than the CPU so consumers may
enjoy a smooth HD viewing experience-less lag, stalling and dropped
scenes-in the latest Blu-ray titles.
"In 2007, AMD committed to delivering AMD Phenom triple-core
processors in Q1 2008 and today the company makes good on that promise,"
said Bob Brewer, corporate vice president, strategic marketing, AMD.
"AMD understands that today's PC applications are best accelerated with
a range of
multi-core products from quad- to triple- to dual-core processors, and
that's why we now deliver the broadest multi-core desktop lineup in the
AMD Phenom X3 processor and AMD 780G chipset based desktop PCs
offer DirectX 10 game compatibility, so casual gamers can now enjoy
enhanced gaming experience such as truly lifelike 3D graphics and
dynamic interactivity in the latest game titles. Gamers looking to scale
their performance with the addition of a discrete graphics card can
accelerate their performance with ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology. This
technology can harness the graphics power of both an ATI discrete
graphics card and the motherboard GPU in tandem, delivering in some
applications up to 70 percent improvements in 3D performance. In
addition, the AMD 780G chipset is the second generation AMD chipset to
feature AMD OverDriveTM, a simple user interface that brings performance
tuning to the masses.
AMD Phenom(tm) X3 8000 Series Triple-Core Processors
AMD Phenom X3 8400 and AMD Phenom X3 8600 processors can improve
performance over dual-core processors on single-threaded applications
and can scale with the same applications that scale with quad-core. AMD
Phenom triple-core processors can also increase performance for
multitasking usage models and multi-threaded applications, aligned with
similar benefits available with AMD Phenom X4 quad-core processors.
AMD will be collaborating with ZT Systems to premiere the first system
featuring the new AMD Phenom X3 triple-core processor on QVC during the
Computer Shop broadcast, which is scheduled to air March 31 at 10 p.m.
"New ZT Affinity desktops featuring the AMD Phenom X3 8400 triple-core
processor deliver 'The Latest Technology for Less,' empowering a broader
range of customers to experience the performance and multi-tasking
capability of true multi-core technology," said Russell Carlisle, VP of
Marketing, ZT Systems. "The ZT Affinity 5202Zi is a perfect fit for
consumers looking for a stylish, affordable compact PC with the power
they need for today's cutting-edge digital entertainment."
Systems powered by AMD Phenom X3 processors 8400 (2.1GHz) and 8600
(2.3GHz) are expected to be initially available from leading OEMs and
system builders. For processor pricing details, please visit
http://www.amd.com/pricing. For press collateral pertaining to the new AMD
Phenom X4 and X3 models including product specifications and
availability, images and partner support, please visit
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