^^^^^This, this is what i was thinking the whole time. i would like to see that happen. Quick we must all write strongly worded letters to AMD about this!!! and you think im kidding:biggrin:. i would love to see this happen i mean there is more power left in the good old opteron design. just think a thuban at 32nm with power gating and a better memory controller:shok: my god i think im a genius.......or just not stupid either one cant tell yet.It may be wise for AMD to keep Phenom II's in production for a bit longer yet seeing how the 6 cores of the Thuban is so close in performance to "8 cores" in Bulldozer.
I agree. Perhaps a die shrink and even some tweaking for a "Phenom III" might have been the way to go. The X6 was closing in on Intel's top dogs compared to X4's. The Phenom II does contain some decent architecture, and true CPU cores.... not one core with part of another one mash into it. Sorry, the module idea has me pissed. Either way, AMD probably just didn't want to see the last few years of R&D go down the crapper. They likely felt obligated to release BD.
Makes me wonder how a 32nm Phenom II X8 would fare.