Tweakers hoping to get a hexacore slab of silicon for the price of a quad-core chip are set to be disappointed, as reports say that AMD will not be releasing the Phenom II X4 960T into the retail market.
Reportedly based on the same core as AMD’s X6 chips, the quad-core Phenom II X4 960T looked set to offer a cut-price hexacore chip if you had the right motherboard and a cooperative chip. In fact, MSI even specifically stated that its 890FXA-GD70 motherboard would enable tinkerers to unlock the two latent cores.
However, now that AMD has released its first round of Phenom II X6 chips, as well as six new Athlon II processors, people are rightly asking where the Phenom II X4 960T got to. The answer, according to Legit Reviews, is that it’s never going to get a retail release.
The site quotes an email from AMD in response to questions about the chip, which states that “while there are indeed engineering CPU samples floating around of a 4-core Thuban 960T, I do not expect that processor will be released for general availability. Perhaps it may make its way to OEMs by special request, but that remains to be seen.”
Although the processor was never officially announced by AMD, it appeared on a number of leaked roadmaps and presentations. The fact that motherboard manufacturers were actually offering unlocking features for it also suggests that the chip was quite a bit more than web-generated rumourware.
We’ve asked AMD for more information about the Phenom II X4 960T supposedly being pulled from retail, and we’ll update you if and when we get any more details.