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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: Finally, a new hope for AMD?
By Lonearchon on 3/12/2008 2:00:07 PM , Rating: 2
AMD will stay around. Intel need AMD so they do not become a monopoly. AMD is in a better position then they once were. Before the 1st gen athlon AMD was only consider a clone company for use in bargain bin PCs. Now they have products in mainstream lines and the major OEMs are using their products.

RE: Finally, a new hope for AMD?
By omnicronx on 3/12/2008 3:00:28 PM , Rating: 4
Before the 1st gen athlon AMD was only consider a clone company for use in bargain bin PCs.
Not considered ;) they were! IBM forced Intel to have a secondary provider of chips in the early 80's, that turned out to be AMD. They sold chips all the way until 486 i think ;). The K5/k6 was actually the first AMD chip not the Athlon. AMD and intel have a longer history than most would think, they were both there from the beginning of the x86 proccessor ;)

RE: Finally, a new hope for AMD?
By deeznuts on 3/12/2008 3:43:48 PM , Rating: 5
It is not illegal in and of itself to be a monopoly.

If you used anti-competitive tactics to get there, or if you use your dominant status unfairly, then you will be in trouble.

But to be so successful that you become one, well that's just good competition.

RE: Finally, a new hope for AMD?
By josmala on 3/13/2008 5:25:03 AM , Rating: 2
But if Intel would be declared a monopoly it would hamper its abilities to grow to other markets.
For instance, they just couldn't start selling x86 processors to smart phones, since they are leveraging their monopoly on PC processors to get to other markets. As long as Intel is not a monopoly they CAN do that. Now if they are leveraging their fabs which are paid by X86 monopoly to get other chip markets...
Its illegal to use resources created by monopoly to take over other markets. And its dominant position as manufacturer of PC cpu:s is what gives it ability to spread to other markets.

Thing is if Intel wants to grow it needs to stay out of monopoly status, and it can even cost it couple of billion dollars per year and be still well worth it. The best for them would be about 80% marketshare.

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