AMD Phenom II X8 2420 Seems to have PileDriver’s Specs
We have already published that AMD is preparing Phenom II X8 processors based on Bulldozer architecture, which was revealed from the BIOS of ECS, but now Vr-Zone has brought us the working prototype of these upcoming processors.
Phenom II X8 without Unlocked Multiplier
Besides the fact that the entire AMD FX series have an unlocked multiplier, which are targeted at overclockers, upcoming Phenom II based on Bulldozer architecture won’t come with an unlocked multiplier. So it means that you may not have a plenty of overclocking headroom, but still you may overclock it by increasing the bus frequency.
AMD Bulldozer based Phenom II X8 2420 Engineering Sample from Vr-Zone
Vr-Zone shows us an engineering sample of Phenom II X8 2420 which has PN / Number ZD242046H8K, has 4 Bulldozer modules i.e. 8 processing cores (each module has 2 cores) operating at a frequency of 2.4GHz, and installed on an Asus Crosshair Formula V motherboard on socket AM3/AM3 +.
What’s New in this Engineering Sample
The main difference between our earlier post of Phenom II X8 processors and the currently revealed specifications of Vr-Zone is the increase in the amount L1 and L2 Cache memories. This is purely contradictory with what we have said earlier. The leaked BIOS image from Vr-Zone shows that the upcoming Phenom II X8 will have double the L1 and L2 Cache of Bulldozer, which is almost comparable with the leaked specs of PileDriver. Pile Driver is the successor of Bulldozer, from AMD, which will be incorporated in AMD Trinity APUs and AMD Vishera Processor. PileDrive modules will get released in Q3 2012.
Reason for Superior Specs
But the reason said for this increase in L1 and L2 cache memories is that it may be due to the premature release of the motherboard’s BIOS, which is not yet ready for the upcoming processors. This may not be true too. So we will have Phenom II X8 before PileDrivers are out.
Edited by Tweeky - 4/26/12 at 10:31pm