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New Dell Dimension desktops using AMD processors coming in September

Dell first stunned the tech industry by announcing back in May that it would adopt AMD Opteron processors for its server systems. In the past few weeks there has been increasing speculation over Dell's use of AMD processors in notebooks. Although there was confirmation of the move from an unnamed Dell executive as well as from a general manager of AMD’s Taiwanese operations, the company still has not released an official statement regarding the use of AMD processors in the mobile sector. The company did, however, announce today its plans to incorporate AMD processors into its Dimension desktop range next month along with dual-socket and multi-processor servers using AMD Opteron processors.

Dell’s adoption of AMD processors for the desktop confirms an earlier report by a Citigroup analyst back in mid-June. At the time, analyst Jeff Young reported that Dell would announce entry-level desktops using AMD processors in September -- the prediction was right on the money. Although Dell failed to go into detail on how many product lines within the Dimension family would be introduced or what processors would be used, speculation has been that Sempron and Athlon 64 X2 processors will be used.

As for AMD Opteron processors in Dell severs, the announcement comes at a time when Intel is now showing off a competitive alternative in the form of Woodcrest. Early testing has shown that Woodcrest outperforms the latest AMD Opteron processors across the board while offering lower power consumption. The same could be said for Intel on the desktop as its Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors have pretty much swept the boards in performance. It wasn’t too long ago that AMD was enjoying this enviable position in both the desktop and server arena.

But Dell shouldn’t be too concerned at the moment at AMD isn’t sitting still. On the August 15, AMD announced its new Opteron Socket F processors which take advantage of DDR2 memory and a new socket design. The new dual-core processors are available in speeds ranging from 1.8GHz to 2.8GHz and can also be had in HE variants which consume just 55 watts of power. On the same day, AMD also announced that it had taped out its first native quad-core Opterons. The quad-core processors will be delivered to customers in mid-2007.



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Dell is sick
By mendocinosummit on 8/17/2006 9:27:10 PM , Rating: 2
Dell is probably sick of Intel always changing their requirements for chipsets needed to run their new procs. By going with AMD they wouldn't have to update anything for a long time, which would save them money in R&D.




RE: Dell is sick
By xtremejack on 8/17/2006 9:30:42 PM , Rating: 3
Dell does as much R&D as AMD does marketing.


RE: Dell is sick
By latrosicarius on 8/29/2006 6:37:22 PM , Rating: 2
If they don't do any R&D, why don't they just get one with it and sell some dam AMD desktops... We've known about this "plan" for months


RE: Dell is sick
By tuteja1986 on 8/17/2006 9:30:44 PM , Rating: 2
More like AMD can provide a full platform : ATI's Motherboard , ATI's GPU , AMD's CPU :)


RE: Dell is sick
By xtremejack on 8/17/2006 9:43:08 PM , Rating: 1
Don't know what this helps Dell with? They are more or less becoming a whore for CPU vendors to toy around with. Each new AMD announcement comes on the heels of a terrible quarter. Do they even have a plan of how they plan to sell AMD?

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More like AMD can provide a full platform : ATI's Motherboard , ATI's GPU , AMD's CPU :) <quote\>

That's upto Dell to decide, AMD-ATI only ensures the two (AMD/ATI) will collaborate more closely together in the future. Its not like ATI's chipset production or business took off magically immediately after their acquisition announcement. Dell probably still prefers Nvidia for most stuff, and this may not help ATI-AMD all that much.

Bottom-line still up in the air, still wonder how things will execute with these two. Will be interesting how AMD placates Nvidia on this.

AMD a platform company?... now which company said "We want to provide an ecosystem of choice."


RE: Dell is sick
By xtremejack on 8/17/2006 9:44:01 PM , Rating: 2
Don't know what this helps Dell with? They are more or less becoming a whore for CPU vendors to toy around with. Each new AMD announcement comes on the heels of a terrible quarter. Do they even have a plan of how they plan to sell AMD?

quote:
More like AMD can provide a full platform : ATI's Motherboard , ATI's GPU , AMD's CPU :)


That's upto Dell to decide, AMD-ATI only ensures the two (AMD/ATI) will collaborate more closely together in the future. Its not like ATI's chipset production or business took off magically immediately after their acquisition announcement. Dell probably still prefers Nvidia for most stuff, and this may not help ATI-AMD all that much.

Bottom-line still up in the air, still wonder how things will execute with these two. Will be interesting how AMD placates Nvidia on this.

AMD a platform company?... now which company said "We want to provide an ecosystem of choice."


RE: Dell is sick
By Garreye on 8/18/2006 11:09:38 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
That's upto Dell to decide, AMD-ATI only ensures the two (AMD/ATI) will collaborate more closely together in the future. Its not like ATI's chipset production or business took off magically immediately after their acquisition announcement. Dell probably still prefers Nvidia for most stuff, and this may not help ATI-AMD all that much.

I'd have to agree with this for now, as the AMD/ATI deal isnt complete yet. But in the near future AMD will probably give Dell (and other PC makers) discounted price incentives to buy complete CPU/GPU/MB platforms, which is an advantage only Intel could offer in the past.


RE: Dell is sick
By defter on 8/18/2006 3:50:56 AM , Rating: 2
Still, Dell will use nForce chipset for its desktop parts.


RE: Dell is sick
By Calin on 8/21/2006 9:06:30 AM , Rating: 2
Unlike Intel, which must run far and wide to provide... what?
Intel builds processors, chipsets, ethernet controllers, graphic (integrated only) chipsets, and so on. AMD does not have the production diversity Intel has right now


RE: Dell is sick
By glennpratt on 8/24/2006 6:28:57 PM , Rating: 2
The AMD/ATI combo is making all of those things and more. AMD has made ethernet controllers forever for example, in fact they offered the "first complete ethernet chipset". You'd be surprised how many chips in random consumer electronics were made by either AMD or ATI.


RE: Dell is sick
By latrosicarius on 8/29/2006 6:36:14 PM , Rating: 2
More like, Dell finally realizes that AMD isn't some upstart anymore and there's a genuine market for them


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