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June 6, 2006 didn't fit AMD's schedule

We just got official confirmation from motherboard and chipset manufacturers in Taiwan -- AMD has moved the official launch date of Athlon 64 DDR2 up two weeks to May 23, 2006. AMD roadmaps have previously put the AM2 launch at June 6, 2006 (during Computex 2006), but since motherboards and CPUs are already completed, the launch will be pushed up. AMD insiders tell us Conroe's launch date was also a factor in pushing the AM2 launch date up, though even we do not know the exact date Intel's Conroe will launch.

AMD's latest advisories claimed the following:
  • May 16, 2006: Global announcement of Energy Efficient Processor roadmap and pricing
  • May 23, 2006: Global announcement of Socket AM2 and new desktop product availability and pricing
  • May 31, 2006: Global announcement of AMD LIVE! desktop system availability


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What's so difficult to understand?
By redbone75 on 4/19/2006 2:22:41 PM , Rating: 2
If I'm to understand this correctly, logically actually, AMD has been trying for some time to get AM2 performance at least up to par with socket 939. Now that they've done that it's safe to go ahead and release AM2 in order to garner some sales before the release of Conroe. That seems to be the only logical reason to push up the release date. Intel has already attained serious performance out of Conroe and they still have quite a while to tweak it before it's released in Q3, unless they decide to move the release date up to stifle any sales AMD hopes to gain with AM2. Why can't the AMD fanboys just give Intel its props? It's been, what, 3 or 4 years since A64's release, so to think that a company with the resources Intel has would not come up with something impressive is misguided to say the least. AMD can counter with some kind of marketing campaign touting the energy efficiency of their upcoming 65TDP parts, but when was the last time anyone has seen a serious marketing anything from AMD? And for all of the "AMD still has the fastest processors right now" and "I won't be convinced with Conroe until I see some real benchies from Anandtech" comments, go right on ahead and stay faithful. The rest of us who want that next serious jump in performance will continue to look ahead while looking back at you all. Intel has finally answered, and in a big way. Exciting times are ahead, because everyone will be waiting to see what AMD will counter with, including myself. I'll just have a Conroe in my machine while I'm waiting. Peace.




By defter on 4/19/2006 2:45:46 PM , Rating: 2
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AMD can counter with some kind of marketing campaign touting the energy efficiency of their upcoming 65TDP parts


That wouldn't be very successfull campaign since ALL normal Conroes will have 65W TDP.


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