The answer from AMD: Dragon. Nope, this is not our idea of an alternate zodiac but rather, it is part of AMD's branding for its successor to the original Phenom processor and the companion Spider platform. Yes, the next version of the Phenom, dubbed the Phenom II (naturally) is at the heart of the new Dragon platform, which also counts AMD's latest 790GX chipset and a Radeon HD 4800 series GPU.
Taking the individual components separately (which we had reviewed last year, check the related links below), the new Dragon platform is an upgrade over the 790FX and Radeon HD 3800 series GPU that formed the basis of the Spider platform. As for the processor in the spotlight today, it had better be a significant improvement. Given the woes that have plagued the company for most of 2008, the new year has not gotten any better, with AMD announcing another round of job cuts along with a recent goodwill impairment charge related to its ATI acquisition (basically an admission that AMD overpaid for ATI). To start the new year with another disappointing CPU launch would be nothing short of disastrous.