backtop


Print 41 comment(s) - last by WayneG.. on Mar 13 at 1:57 PM


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. 


Comments     Threshold


This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

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The technology behind Phenom is really incredible and makes the C2D/Qs look outdated


quote:
the brute force approach


quote:
gone for the ballarina approach


quote:
What we need is for AMD to start following Intel conventions


quote:
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.


quote:
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)


quote:
gone for the ballarina approach


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


quote:
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.


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


I can only make sense of nonsense.


"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

Related Articles













botimage
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki