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This Opteron 2352 was manufactured in the 7th week of 2008, as denoted by the date right below the product number.  (Source: DailyTech)

B2 stepping Opterons, like the "pre-production" model that found its way to IsoHunt, carry the "GD" identifier in the SKU  (Source: IsoHunt)
AMD puts its processor lineup back on track

Hark!  The long awaited B3 stepping of AMD's Opteron and Phenom finally made its way to system integrators this week.

AMD made it virtually impossible to obtain any K10-based Opteron processors after the TLB bug caught the world's attention last December.  Desktop Phenom processors continued to ship, though the BIOS workaround for the TLB race condition severely hampered performance on some benchmarks.

The vendor who obtained the B3 sample photographed (right) couldn't be more ecstatic.  "There's been no Opterons since November.  We've even been shipping Socket F Opterons to fill AMD orders.   This is a big deal," he tells DailyTech.

"Pre-production" Opterons sent to Torrent search engine IsoHunt last February were later revealed as gray-market B2 stepped processors, which AMD tracked to October 2007 samples.

In addition to fixing the TLB race condition, AMD will finally increase the core frequency of the Opteron series on the B3 stepping.  After the initial OEM orders are filled, channel vendors like Newegg and TigerDirect will carry the new Opterons in frequencies ranging from 1.8 GHz to 2.4 GHz.  Vendor estimates put this e-tailer ship date in early April.

AMD roadmaps also indicate the Phenom and Opteron lines will reach 2.6 GHz before this Fall on the new B3 stepping.  In 2009 both lines will transition from the 65nm to the 45nm process node, codenamed Shanghai, with additional SKUs at higher clock frequencies. 

B3 Opterons can be easily identified by the "GH" as opposed to "GD" at the end of the product number. With the exception of Phenom and Opteron SE processors, AMD emphasizes to DailyTech that no vendor should be selling or distributing "GD," and customers who obtain these older B2 steppings should contact their local AMD distributor. 


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Lame
By FingerMeElmo87 on 3/12/2008 1:31:52 PM , Rating: -1
to bad K10's still blow




RE: Lame
By WayneG on 3/12/2008 1:44:24 PM , Rating: 1
Although you're post lacks any sort of basis or even any intelligible information I'm afraid I have to agree with you :cringe:.

The technology behind Phenom is really incredible and makes the C2D/Qs look outdated and antiqueted, the problem is that whilst Intel has gone for the brute force approach (as it were, it is obviously a lot more complicated than that) and AMD has gone for the ballarina approach everyone has been out making software where the brute force approach rules. What we need is for AMD to start following Intel conventions or make it so that software developers actually use their technology, this actually applies to AMD graphics devision (aka ATi) as well.

One can only hope that AMDs Shanghai CPU family will achieve higher clock speeds and with it increased performance.
Still waiting on some mobile upgrades/news from AMD... I refuse to buy a C2D laptop...


RE: Lame
By BSMonitor on 3/12/2008 1:54:44 PM , Rating: 1
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The technology behind Phenom is really incredible and makes the C2D/Qs look outdated


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the brute force approach


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gone for the ballarina approach


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What we need is for AMD to start following Intel conventions


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Although you're post lacks any sort of basis or even any intelligible information


Yeah, your post was loaded with intelligible information.


RE: Lame
By vignyan on 3/12/08, Rating: -1
RE: Lame
By System48 on 3/12/2008 4:22:04 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
The technology behind Phenom is really incredible and makes the C2D/Qs look outdated


I think he means incredibly slow and outdated as in these new Phenom's are like new Prescotts only this time they're from AMD.


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the brute force approach


Brute force = faster? (not sure, no wait now i get, they're like prescott, faster as in GHz only this time they actually are faster)


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gone for the ballarina approach


It's going to die slow and graceful, just like a ballerina?


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What we need is for AMD to start following Intel conventions


Forget everything I just sad about Intel having crap, AMD needs to copy them exactly.


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Although you're post lacks any sort of basis or even any intelligible information


I can only make sense of nonsense.


RE: Lame
By zsdersw on 3/12/2008 2:54:09 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The technology behind Phenom is really incredible and makes the C2D/Qs look outdated and antiqueted


What exactly are you referring to? 4 cores on one piece of silicon? That's hardly "incredible", nor does it make C2D/C2Q look "outdated and antiquated".

Knowing what you can execute well (MCM quad-core) instead of gambling on what you're not sure of at the moment (monolithic quad-core) is never "outdated and antiquated".

.. unless by "incredible" you mean "incredible failure" or "incredible blunder".


RE: Lame
By Goty on 3/12/2008 1:45:37 PM , Rating: 1
It's also too bad that you're not literate enough to make an intelligent comment.


RE: Lame
By omnicronx on 3/12/2008 3:15:52 PM , Rating: 1
Why go through the trouble of calling someone illiterate if you can not use it in a sentence correctly?


RE: Lame
By Goty on 3/12/2008 4:35:33 PM , Rating: 2
Literate in the sense that he cannot spell or use proper grammar. That sounds fairly correct to me.


RE: Lame
By WayneG on 3/13/2008 1:57:45 PM , Rating: 2
Looked through my post and it follows correct grammar and speech conventions, especially when contrasted with similar posts on this very page.....
No comment :D


RE: Lame
By FingerMeElmo87 on 3/12/2008 3:58:43 PM , Rating: 2
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It's also too bad that you're not literate enough to make an intelligent comment.


what more do i need to say to sound intelligent? the only good thing about the product is that its cheap. an even cheaper e6550 would smack this process in almost every app, uses less power, and it can be overclock through the roof. sure its a native quadcore design unlike the Q-series but that doesnt take away from the fact that it still sucks.

also, i think its pretty obvious that i am literate, judging from the fact that i can read and write moron


RE: Lame
By prenox on 3/12/08, Rating: 0
RE: Lame
By abzillah on 3/12/08, Rating: -1
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