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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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Apple?
By a1016neo on 8/18/2006 1:55:05 AM , Rating: 2
Apple is gaining Marketshare as Dell is still the same as always.

Also remember MarketShare means nothing

I'm not an dell-hater or apple-liker but dell needs to caught up in quality

If only OS X ran on dell's :) :)




RE: Apple?
By Griswold on 8/18/2006 3:19:08 AM , Rating: 2
Well, its easy to go from "virtually nothing" to "a little more". At the same time its hard to go from "leader of the market" to "absolute dominance".


RE: Apple?
By Jkm3141 on 8/26/2006 10:04:07 PM , Rating: 2
Owned!


RE: Apple?
By kingpotnoodle on 8/19/2006 3:14:02 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Apple is gaining Marketshare as Dell is still the same as always.


Dell just posted record market share, go read the rest of the news then come back.

Profits have slipped over at Dell though, squeezed margins from price cutting...


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