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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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Socket F what?
By Regs on 8/17/2006 9:32:28 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure the gears over in the labs at AMD are working full swing now, though I find it hard to believe anything in the near future will compete with anything Intel has to offer.

But at least now AMD gets the recognition it deserves. I just find it a bit of a coincidence that Intel finally gets off NetBurst after years right at the time AMD started making major leaps, like striking a contract with Dell.

RE: Socket F what?
By mendocinosummit on 8/17/2006 10:12:03 PM , Rating: 3
People said that before the Athlon came out to. Intel probably won't be so blind again, but AMD is smaller and is much more versatile.

RE: Socket F what?
By dagamer34 on 8/17/2006 10:14:42 PM , Rating: 2
Intel's whore is Apple now. It could care less about Dell. Besides, Dell is getting a bunch of bad press these days anyway. Maybe Intel's CEO had the inside scoop and made Apple an offer last year... =P

RE: Socket F what?
By JonB on 8/17/2006 10:42:32 PM , Rating: 2
or, is Intel responsible for the SEC looking at Dell's books as payback for using AMD processors?

I love conspiracy talk.

RE: Socket F what?
By Tom Tom on 8/17/2006 11:21:34 PM , Rating: 2
Good question . The SEC maybe looking into how Dell accounted for the big incentive's Intel has been giving them over the years.

RE: Socket F what?
By retrospooty on 8/18/2006 12:34:56 AM , Rating: 3
Dell has like 30% market share, Apple is less than 3%. Apple is NOT anywhere near Dell in sales, and never will be. Apple is all PR and hype with no sales, and no substance.

RE: Socket F what?
By Hare on 8/18/06, Rating: -1
RE: Socket F what?
By Griswold on 8/18/2006 3:16:14 AM , Rating: 4
Apple has a larger market share than BMW and Mercedez combined...

You do realize that apple does not make automobiles, right? And that neither BMW nor Mercedes make computers or mp3 players, right?

Say no to drugs...

RE: Socket F what?
By Griswold on 8/18/2006 3:13:48 AM , Rating: 3
Oh slow down there. If apple is a grain of sand, Dell is the ocean you'll have to search to find it.

And apple is getting just as much bad press.. their laptops, while not exactly bursting in flames (but close to it, i bet ;)) have many other flaws that are worth talking about.

RE: Socket F what?
By Jkm3141 on 8/26/2006 9:59:56 PM , Rating: 2
cause apple sells just as many computers as Dell. Good job.

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