AMD has started shipping triple-core Phenom processors, and UK PC maker Mesh Computers is among the first to offer desktops featuring the chip.
Mesh first with triple-core desktops
Mesh is including an AMD Phenom 8400 Triple-Core processor, which runs at 2.1GHz, in the Matrix XXX Plus desktop, while the AMD Phenom 8600 Triple-Core, which runs at 2.3GHz, is available in the Matrix XXX Pro desktop.
Mesh Matrix xXx Pro
Many global manufacturers, including Dell and HP, have also hinted at including the Phenom triple-core processors in desktops. Dell has listed plans (download PDF) to use the chip in its OptiPlex 740 business desktop systems, with 1.5MB of L2 cache and 2MB of shared L3 cache, in an online brochure. Dell will ship the triple-core OptiPlex in the second quarter, a company spokeswoman said, declining further comment.
HP has also listed a desktop on its Bulgarian-language website with AMD's Phenom Triple-Core 8600B processor that runs at 2.3GHz, with 1.5MB of L2 cache. HP officials were not available for comment.
AMD last year added the triple-core processor to its chip lineup and said it would be available in the first quarter of 2008. It is positioning the chip as a better choice than dual-core chips, with the third core providing additional processing power to carry out computing tasks such as antivirus scanning.