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Phenom, to deliver a phenomenal computing experience

AMD today officially announced its new Phenom processor brand for its next-generation Barcelona architecture. The new Phenom branding will find its way on AMD’s next-generation Stars family of desktop processors. Phenom processors will coexist with AMD’s current Athlon 64 and Sempron processors; however, Athlon 64 processors cater towards entry-level while Sempron caters towards value consumers.

Last week, AMD demonstrated its Phenom processor in a Quad FX configuration for a total of eight-cores in a system. AMD has dubbed its next-generation Quad FX platform FASN8, or “fascinate.” The next-generation FASN8 platform forms around AMD’s upcoming RD790 chipset paired with dual Phenom FX processors. With a pair of AMD ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT’s in the FASN8 platform, the system is able to deliver over a teraflop of computing power in a single box.

“AMD has always enjoyed a great bond with the enthusiast community, and the introduction of the AMD Phenom processor family will take our relationship to new heights,” corporate vice president and general manager of AMD’s desktop division Bob Brewer said. “We continue to focus on listening to and addressing users’ evolving needs. AMD is confident the performance enhancements enabled by true quad-core client technology in computing-intensive environments will allow them to realize new possibilities and find new inspiration.”

Expect AMD to introduce its Phenom processors and accompanying RD790 platforms in time for the Christmas shopping season.

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RE: A great bond?
By psychobriggsy on 5/14/2007 6:44:50 AM , Rating: 2
Every few months? Get over yourself mate.

The only big issue people have is that S939 was just dropped for AM2 so it made CPU-only upgrades far harder for people who had bought with the intention of getting a dual-core CPU a year or two down the line.

At least AMD are making AM2 and AM2+ compatible (and AM2+ and AM3 IIRC).

Most people buy new systems, so it isn't an issue, and apart from "must have latest and greatest" enthusiasts, most people will upgrade the motherboard at the same time as the CPU. It was just that AM2 CPU + Mobo + DDR2 was not a great value proposition against Core 2 Duo + Mobo + DDR2, and AMD will have had a lot of vocal defectors because of that poor decision to halt S939 so quickly.

RE: A great bond?
By darkpaw on 5/14/2007 10:56:35 AM , Rating: 2
It definately didn't just hurt the latest and greatest types. Many people like myself bought a X2-3800 with plans to upgrade later when prices on the higher end ones dropped. The premium AMD was charging made buying an X2 quite pricey, but there never was a change to upgrade when prices dropped because the product line was prematurely killed off.

RE: A great bond?
By tjr508 on 5/15/2007 3:10:46 PM , Rating: 2
The x2-3800 is a great chip and with a small tweak needs no upgrading. For $80 in 939 flavor it is a steal. Last I checked, the 939 opterons are still in production.

Want to see something really funny? Look at people on ebay buying the 754 3700+ for more money than a decent AM2 setup with board/cpu/memory.

It's the same reason a 7800GS (AGP) sells for $50 more than a 7800GT. Hell, even the highest clocked bartons still demand a premium and don't even get me started on the dothans.

If history has taught us anything, it is don't eye your dream chip on your current platform and plan on a cheap upgrade in the future.

The best thing about 939 is it was such a vast platform, those with the 3000+ can now get a very affordable upgrade (x2-3800), but the high end parts won't be cheap until they are completly obsolete.

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