AMD Finally Ships "B3" Opterons
March 12, 2008 1:13 PM
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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.
B2 stepping Opterons, like the "pre-production" model that found its way to IsoHunt, carry the "GD" identifier in the SKU
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
"Pre-production" Opterons sent to Torrent search engine IsoHunt
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,
, 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
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?
3/13/2008 3:11:58 AM
No they are far behind to become a major force in reckoning.
They are a generation & half behind Intel's 45nms dual & Quads.
By the time they(AMD) have 45nm shipping (3Q 08 at the earliest & not earlier as claimed by AMD) to OEMs,Intel will have 4 fabs at full production levels (3Q 08) flooding the markets with greater profit margins & lower priced CPUs.
If this is not enough
will come in around 2H 08 slated initially on 45 nm before switching over to 32nm in around 2009.
All this is just too much for AMD to catch up given its critical financial conditions.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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