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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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Missing Something?
By shaitaness on 4/20/2006 7:01:25 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not a "fan" of either Intel or AMD and will buy from the Company that has the better performing processor but I wonder why people are making so much of a 20% increase.

The way I see it, AM2 appears to add about 2-5 percent improvement in game benchmarks (with the higher percentages coming in the important benchmarks like Doom 3 and Fear). Assuming that AM2 as it gets tweaked offers about 5%, is it that hard to believe that AMD will have scaled CPU speeds 15% by the time that Conroe comes out?

I know that the Conroe chip wasn't an extreme edition and that it may be possible for Intel to scale performance more but the 20% gap just doesn't seem that huge to me (particularly if AMD remains competitive with its current processors and announces a next gen chip that is better than Conroe right around Conroe's release).

Am I missing something or being unrealistic?

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