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AMD "FASN8"
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: AMD is on fire
By leidegre on 5/14/2007 12:32:57 PM , Rating: 1
Because materializm rocks!

No, seriously, as far as we know, AMD is not in a position to change anything, they probably could, but the new-line up alone is not enough.

Performance wise, Intel and NVidia is offering more intresting products. But AMD has some nice inovations going, and I do expect to see a brigther future with AMD.

As far as the multi-core debate go, I'm fairly certain I could utilize a quad-core dekstop machine. My computer is currently running a total of 783 threads, while all most all of these threads are idle, it's a fact that a lot of things happen in paralell inside the OS. You will never se excellent single threaded performance on multi-core because software does not scale that way, but your computer can do a lot more than running singel thread software.


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