Report: November launch for AMD Phenom chips

Will we see the first two quad-core Phenom chips next month?

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Since AMD released its Barcelona server chips last month, PC users have been wondering when that native quad-core goodness might arrive in the form of AMD Phenom desktop CPUs. According to a report on VR-Zone, we'll see the first two quad-core Phenom chips next month. The site reports that the 2.2GHz Phenom X4 9500 and the 2.4GHz Phenom X4 9600 will launch sometime in November. These Phenom 9000-series parts will feature 512KB of L2 cache per core, 2MB of shared L3 cache, a 3.6GHz HyperTransport 3.0 bus, and an 89W power rating. A third chip will join the line in December--the 2.6GHz Phenom X4 9700 that will have a 4GHz bus and a 125W power rating.

The higher-end Phenom FX line is expected to debut in the first quarter of 2008 with the Phenom FX-82, which reportedly will feature a clock speed of 2.6GHz or higher.

For its part, AMD would neither confirm nor deny the Phenom rumors making the rounds this week.

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