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The benchmark results did not give us any major surprises when it comes to performance. Applications that have been optimized for multi-core processors by thread optimization scale beautifully, from one to four processing cores. Looking at the benchmarks is also a nice way of making clear which applications have been thread-optimized - and reveal those that weren't.

We don't have an explanation for the issues with the synthetic benchmark suite Sandra by SiSoftware. Its low-level CPU arithmetic and multimedia benchmarks, as well as the memory benchmarks, refused to work with three cores. It remains to be seen whether this is an issue with our test system - on which we simply disabled individual cores in the BIOS - or with three cores in general.

The same applies to power consumption results. Although individual cores were switched off, the overall system power consumption remained almost the same - this is an indicator that the motherboard BIOS cannot physically shut down cores. Hence we have to wait for final version of AMD's Phenom triple core to make a final conclusion.

Since performance does not vary a lot between three and four cores with most applications, we expect the triple core to be a nice alternative for energy-efficient solutions that still require a lot of computing power. It will be interesting to see if the triple core could actually offer better energy efficiency than the quads.
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Simulated benchmark.

The M3A32-MVP has a downcore option which allows you to disable a certain amount of cores in the processor.

It may be a good representation of the performance, but take the numbers with a grain of salt until Tri-Cores start filtering into retail and get proper reviews.
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Only AMD would release a Tri-Core processor
    
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Only AMD would release a Tri-Core processor
Do you know anything about these processors?

If ya don't all they are, are quad cores with 1 bad core, so they disable it on the silicon level during manufacturing and sell it as a tri core instead of throwing it away.
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Do you know anything about these processors?

If ya don't all they are, are quad cores with 1 bad core, so they disable it on the silicon level during manufacturing and sell it as a tri core instead of throwing it away.
Exactly, It's cost effective for them and the consumer.

Wouldn't mind getting one to mess around with if the price is right.
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Only AMD would release a Tri-Core processor
Hooray for the condescending INTEL user..
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tri core works for the 360 so why not for a desktop?

BTW did intel make the 360 or was it completely custom by microsoft?
    
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tri core works for the 360 so why not for a desktop?

BTW did intel make the 360 or was it completely custom by microsoft?
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Do you know anything about these processors?

If ya don't all they are, are quad cores with 1 bad core, so they disable it on the silicon level during manufacturing and sell it as a tri core instead of throwing it away.
So I suppose I'm the only one that finds it depressing that AMD is so poor that they have to sell Processors that other companies would rather recycle.

I used to be an AMD fan until this kind of crap started happening.

If they're cheaper than C2Q's than thats cool but I'm still not buying one...I'd rather spend an extra $100-$200 for a really good processor instead of a "Tri-Core"

And I'm ashamed of anyone on OCN who feels to need to get a cheap processor for any other reason than being poor...because then I sympathize.

On that same note, while everyone plays with their One-Of-Our-Cores-Don't-Work core Phenoms the rest will be enjoying Octocores
    
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Hooray for the condescending INTEL user..
Aren't you happy that they always come to the AMD threads to brighten our day.
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