Triple core CPU’s.
Yup, not four cores, not two cores – three cores. AMD has announced that they’ll be adding triple-core processors to their Phenom processor for Q1 next year.
AMD’s reasoning for this is that quad-core processors only make up about 2% of the desktop market this year. I guess they assume that people who didn’t buy a four-core CPU might consider a three-core instead… Why they would think this, I have no clue. Unless they are considerably cheaper than Intel’s quad-core models, they will probably sell at exactly the same rate.
According to the PR, these new 3-core Phenoms will outperform “…similar quad-core AMD processors in certain gaming and digital content creation scenarios”. I guess we’ll have to wait and find out; either AMD knows something we don’t, or they are living in la-la-land.