Magny Cours: First 12-core CPU by AMD already available in 5 months?
AMD keeps on upgrading: The 12-core processor with the code name Magny Cours is said to be available in early 2010 already and will sit on the new socket G34 with 1,974 pins.
AMD's Opteron processors with six cores and the code name Istanbul for workstations and servers have been available for some time now. However, those CPUs have not been seen in the desktop department yet.
Now AMD goes the same way as Intel and combines two multicores for a bigger model. At that time two Core 2 Duo CPUs were merged into a Core 2 Quad. For the upcoming 12-core CPU Magny Cours two Istanbul six-cores will be merged. Magny Cours does not only offer twice the number of cores and a doubled cache memory but AMD additionally uses the two memory channels of each CPU and therefore theoretically doubles the bandwidth. How far this will become noticeable in practice and whether this will become common in a quad-channel interface is completely unknown, as dailytech.com reports.
The Magny Cours processors will not be in square format but rectangular. A new socket is needed for coping with the data flood. The G34 socket has already been a topic for several months and could already been seen on some roadmaps. Now we know what the name is about: G3 simply stands for the third generation and the 4 is the number of memory channels. The G34 will have 1,974 pins. We have no information about clock rates of the Magny Cours CPUs. AMD only reports that it will initially have a 25 percent lower clock rate than current Istanbul counterparts. The Magny Cours is said to have a similar power consumption like the current flagship with six cores and 2.8 GHz - we will keep you up to date.
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