quote: I don't see how "Phenom" is any less silly than other brand names out there - it's new right now and feels weird on the tongue, but once we're used to it, it will be just one more in the crowd.
quote: With the true quad-core design offered by the upcoming AMD Phenom processors, cores communicate on the die rather than through a front side bus external to the processor – a bottleneck inherent in other products that are packaging two dual-core chips to form quad-core processors. Additionally, AMD’s Direct Connect Architecture on-chip ensures that all four cores have optimum access to the integrated memory controller and integrated HyperTransport links, so that performance scales well with the number of cores. This design is also highlighted by a unique shared L3 cache for quicker data access and Socket AM2 and Socket AM2+ infrastructure compatibility to enable a seamless upgrade path
quote: Native monolithic quad-core in itself has no advantages over a non-monolithic design (was really surprised about his candidness here). Said that performance per watt and thermal envelope were the keys that will make Barcelona successful and dont necessarily have anything to do with the monolithic design. Will justify lateness to market, but will have two rough quarters until then and will have to defend market share with aggressive pricing. AMD did not design a MCM (multi-chip module) solution to bridge the gap between opteron and barcelona because they didnt have the R&D resources.
quote: Intel would know what they are up against, and be able to react accordingly. Intel can only guess right now
quote: AMD has had 462 (AMD Athlon) -> 754 (First Athlon 64) -< 939 (Athlon 64) -> AM2 (recent athlons) as well as socket F.
quote: Heck - with the 865 and 845, the (single-core) processor you could input depended on the motherboard revision, sometimes even a BIOS upgrade wouldn't do the job.