As promised back in September, AMD announced on Thursday that it has started shipping its new Phenom processors with triple cores. These processors are the first on the market that use 3 cores on a single silicon die instead of the more traditional 2 or 4 core chips.
The design of the Phenom X3 8400 (2.1GHz) and Phenom X3 8600 (2.3GHZ) chips are essential the same as AMD’s quad cores with one of the cores removed. This configuration allows for new pricing of the chips in between dual cores and quad cores, where rival Intel does not currently have a competitive product.
AMD also announced some new Phenom X4 (quad-core) processors designed for higher end gaming systems with the flagship being the Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition, which is designed for overclocking from the get-go. The Barcelona quad-core is expected to be available sometime in the second quarter of this year. AMD says the new X3′s are already being offered by HP in some business PC’s and will hit consumer systems in the very near future.