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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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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
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

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