Looks like Intel has some more competition when it comes to CPUs, AMD has come on strong with the C-30, C-50, E-240 and E350 and it looks like they will keep the competition coming with the C-60 with Turbo Boost. AMD is chipping away at Intel’s sales with the proposition that their chips offer higher graphics performance in combination with low power consumption. Basically better netbook performance at netbook prices.
Macles reports that the C-60 appears to be similar to the AMD C-50 chip in most respects. It’s a low power 1 GHz dual core chip with a TDP of 9W and 1MB of L2 cache. But there are two key differences:
- The AMD C-60 will have Radeon HD 6290 graphics instead of Radeon HS 6250.
- The new chip will support Turbo Core technology.
If you’re wondering about Turbo Core technology increases performance of multi-core machines when running tasks that only use one processor core. So if you’re only using one core it can be overclocked to run at a higher speed. The C-60 will be able to go from 1GHz up to 1.33GHz. The greatest advantage should be seen in power consumption as one core is is idle, the system can actually underclock that CPU core so that the power draw should remain pretty much the same. Turbo Core will also have access to the graphics processor and overclock it from 276 MHz to 400 MHz.