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AMD launches new Black Edition chips

AMD has launched a new flagship CPU in the hopes of heading Intel's Sandy Bridge off at the pass: the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition.

As a member of AMD's 'Black Edition' club, the latest processor includes an unlocked multiplier for overclocking fun and, as the name suggests, includes six physical processing cores running at 3.3GHz stock.

The high-end feel of the chip continues with 128KB of L1 cache and 512KB of L2 cache per core along with 6MB of shared L3 cache, while AMD's Turbo Core technology - which allows the processor to dynamically overclock itself in certain situations - is fully supported.

Based on a 45nm silicon-on-insulator process, the chip's power and high core count come at a cost: the company has rated this latest Black Edition chip at a whopping 125W TDP based on the stock speed and voltage.

If the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition is a little power-hungry for your needs, the company has also announced the AMD Phenom II X2 565 Black Edition, which features two cores running at 3.4GHz and is again based on a 45nm process size. Dropping the number of physical cores along with the cache allows the processor to draw a more reasonable 80W.

Both processors are shipping to retail establishments now, with the AMD Phenom II X2 565 Black Edition averaging around £90 and the AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition averaging around £210.