FUD Zilla reports AMD has no plans to debut Phenom II X4 processors with a clockspeed of more than 3GHz at least until the third quarter of next year. The site says the main reason for this is because high clockspeeds will not fit in the current 125W TDP.
We believe that TDP is to be blamed as this time AMD doesn’t want to go over 125W TDP. We are not sure that Nehalems are selling like hot cakes due to the necessity of expensive platform upgrades and many are simply reluctant to make a huge investment in a year of economic crisis. Nehalem at 3.2GHz will end up faster than Phenom II X4 940, but at the same time the CPU itself will cost almost three times the price of a 3GHz Phenom II.
AMD will launch Phenom II X4 940 at 3.0GHz and a total of 8 MB of cache on the 8th of January at the first day of CES and the one called Phenom II X4 945 at the same 3.0GHz core clock but with DDR3 memory support will show its face in Q2 2009. These two are currently the fastest CPUs planned until Q3 09 but this can easily change as companies roadmap are stable as the world economy.