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Dell has since removed the above disclaimer from its website.

Dell directs customers to retail stores if they want AMD systems

AMD-powered Dell Vostro 1000
Dell says goodbye to AMD-based Inspirons on

It appears that the AMD-Dell relationship may soon be coming to an end – at least online. Dell was rumored for years to consider switching to AMD processors for its computers, but the company constantly denied the rumors.

Dell finally broke the news to the world in May of 2006 when it announced that it would sell AMD-based servers to the public. The company followed with AMD-based desktop and notebook computers.

All seemed to be well with the AMD-Dell partnership -- until now. Dell appears to be in the process of removing AMD-powered machines from its website. Although machines like the Latitude D531, Vostro 1000, and Optiplex 740 are still currently available online, Dell put this cautionary note at the top of the search page for anyone looking for an AMD system:

Shop for Dell computers with AMD processors in retail stores. See our retail partners for details.

Computers with AMD processors are not available online.

This move would be a big blow to AMD, which relished the opportunity to partner with a big-name OEM like Dell -- a company that it tried for years to crack.

Customers who wish to purchase AMD-based Dell machines in the future will instead have to go to brick-and-mortar stores like Best Buy, Staples, Wal-Mart or Sam's Club. Any exposure is better than none, but Dell derives the vast majority of its sales from its online business so AMD will clearly be missing out.

The news of Dell giving AMD the boot online couldn't come at a worse time for the Sunnyvale, CA-based company. AMD reported 2007 revenue of $6.012 billion and a net loss of $3.379 billion. AMD is still struggling with the remnants of its 2006 purchase of ATI -- ATI is also now worth 30% less than AMD's original purchase price.

Dell has also had a mixed bag of news in the past few months. The computer giant was able to slip past HP as the top computer marker in the U.S. for 2007. Dell commanded 31.4% of the U.S. market last year compared to 26.1% for HP.

On the other hand, Dell announced the decision to close its Canadian call center resulting in the loss of 900 jobs and close all 140 of its Dell Direct Store kiosks around the U.S.

Updated 2/8/2008
We recently spoke with a Dell representative Anne Camden who wished to clarify the recent happenings on Dell's website. First of all, Dell has since removed the "Computers with AMD processors are not available online" disclaimer from its website. Whether this was a slip-up on Dell's part remains to be seen.

Secondly, Dell Latitude, Vostro and Optiplex systems using AMD processors will continue to be made available on Dell's website.

Finally, AMD-based Inspiron notebooks will no longer be offered on Only the Energy Star 4.0 Inspiron 531 desktop lives on through Inspiron notebooks and the rest of the Inspiron desktop family will only be available from retail stores such as Wal-Mart and Staples.

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RE: Who buys a Dell?
By xti on 2/8/2008 11:22:11 AM , Rating: 2
AMD is great but if I have to live with a server for 3-5 years I'm getting a top end performer not a budget performer because most places over extend the life of the machine and eventually overtax its ability before they approve a budget to get new equipment.

thought most of their partners who look for server chips are worried about stability, not 8.0ghz.

RE: Who buys a Dell?
By Mitch101 on 2/8/08, Rating: 0
RE: Who buys a Dell?
By Amiga500 on 2/8/2008 12:13:09 PM , Rating: 2
Why would you overclock a (mission critical) server again?

RE: Who buys a Dell?
By Sazar on 2/8/2008 12:34:16 PM , Rating: 2
That's exactly why I keep down-voting this Mitch fella's posts.

Further, it makes absolutely no sense to me why a large company would NOT buy a solution from one of the large system integrators/builders, regardless of processor choice.

There is a question of a one-stop shop, warranty implications and support beyond standard. If you have a large company you NEED these things to keep OP-EX low and maintain OP-INC.

RE: Who buys a Dell?
By Mitch101 on 2/8/2008 1:30:05 PM , Rating: 2
Overclock a personal machine not a server.

RE: Who buys a Dell?
By Mitch101 on 2/8/2008 1:33:49 PM , Rating: 2
What part of this cant you read.
We don't overclock servers however its apparent that Intel CPU's have a lot of overhead and are being sold that way.

RE: Who buys a Dell?
By boogle on 2/8/2008 4:52:44 PM , Rating: 2
I must have missed the part in the Intel docs where they say 'overclock our Xeons, its an advantage of Intel'. I'm pretty sure they're focussing on things such as price/performance, performance/watt, and overall platform longevity rather than how far you can OC.

Unless you're talking about the Extreme series of CPU - but they're designed for performance desktops. AMD have a similar series, it's called the Black series.

I'm having trouble working out where you're coming from tbh, you bash both AMD and Intel. Are you just being argumentative by bashing Dell in general? You say they only make decent laptops, then you bang on about servers, then you bang on about TLB errata, then you bang on about Intel OCing. Make a statement and stick with it, this squirming around pretending you're uber important with meetings with Intel staff regarding their internal secrets is just irritating.

RE: Who buys a Dell?
By Mitch101 on 2/8/2008 3:56:22 PM , Rating: 2
Here is some reading material to back my statements on why we wont put a B2 Phenom in the data centers.

BSOD Problems with Phenoms because of a bad core. - Note this is on AMD's website.

More 3rd Core problems.

Phenom Exposed! Shipping with flaky 3rd cores.

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