Authour: James Prior
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: April 29th, 2010
The AMD Phenom II X6 1090T is a native hexacore processor, as you may have guess from the 'X6' moniker. Consistent naming allows at-a-glance deciphering of the product; it's a Phenom II (duh), it has six cores, it's at the high end of the product segment (higher numbers mean higher relative performance in the same range of 1000 series processors), and it has Turbo mode.
Turbo mode is the special sauce that AMD has simmered to a boil for the last few months, to give something for everyone in the AMD Phenom II X6 range. The reasons for multi-core are numerous and well pontificated upon across the internet, and the same logic for six cores applies as it did when the first dual cores arrived - it's easier to scale sideways than it is to scale up clockspeeds. The reasons for this are numerous and technical, but it boils down to the old adage: Many hands makes light work.
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Processor
However, this neglects the current state of applications, many of which are performance bound not by the number of threads (i.e. hands) that they use, but by the speed at which they process - they're frequency limited. Enter Turbo Core. Turbo mode dynamically detects when cpu cores are being unused and boosts up three cores by up to 500Mhz. So the Phenom II X6 is two processors in one - it's a high clock speed triple core and a fast clocked hexacore processor; all in the same power and package rating as existing Phenom II processors.
Phenom II X6 1090T
45nm 'Thuban' core
Socket AM2+ and AM3 compatible
Support DDR2-1066 and DDR3-1333
Six Cores with 9MB total on-die cache (512KB per core L2, 6MB shared L3)
Turbo Core dynamic clock boost: triple core 3.6GHz mode
3.2GHz Black Edition with Unlocked Multiplier
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