AMD introduces 95W hexacore chip

Chip maker AMD has just introduced a low-power hexacore processor that consumes a maximum of just 95W, but the company says it has no plans to bring the cooler chip to the UK retail market.

The first glimpse of the chip appeared on a leaked roadmap in March, which showed two versions of the Phenom II X6 1055T. Although both versions use the same 45nm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology, and are clocked at 2.8GHz, one version of the chip has a TDP of 95W, while the other is rated at 125W.

AMD now has the 95W chip on its website, and Japanese site Akiba even spotted it for sale on the streets of Japan over the weekend (Google Translation). At a price of ¥22,000 (£163.41), the chip looked set to be only marginally more expensive than the standard 125W 1055T, which currently goes for £159.78 inc VAT in the UK.

However, an AMD spokesperson told THINQ that the 95W chip isn't going to make it into retail over here. The chip is "not for the [reseller] channel," said the AMD rep, adding "they are for local OEMs only." In this case, we're told that local means the Far East. That sounds a bit odd to us, seeing as the 95W chip on the Akiba site is clearly a retail boxed edition, rather than an OEM chip, but either way it looks as though AMD isn't planning to bring it over here.

That's a shame, as such a dramatic reduction in heat and power consumption could make the chip popular with overclockers, as well as those looking to build a quiet but powerful PC.

It's not yet known exactly how AMD has reduced the chip's power consumption by 30W. According to AMD's website, both versions of the 1055T are based on the same E0 revision of AMD's silicon, and also feature the same amount of cache.