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Windows 2003 R2, 64-bit identifies the "Barcelona" processor as an unknown AMD CPU. (Source: DailyTech, Anh Huynh)

AMD's benchmarking utility reveals all four cores ran at 1.6 GHz. (Source: DailyTech, Anh Huynh)
Quad-Core AMD Opteron demonstrated by MSI, Supermicro, TYAN and Uniwide

AMD took the opportunity at Computex to show server platforms running the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors, codenamed Barcelona, with the help of MSI, Supermicro, TYAN and Uniwide

The AMD quad-core processors are designed to drop-in (following a BIOS upgrade) with all existing AMD Opteron processor-based systems using DDR2 memory, while also enabling new platform capabilities such as those being demonstrated today.

One vendor demonstrated Barcelona to DailyTech, running at 1.6GHz. According to engineers familiar with the chip technology, the current AMD Barcelona samples are not scaling core frequencies well. AMD partners confirmed the highest running, POST and OS capable, Barcelona processor is 2.0 GHz. AMD previously posted benchmarks of a simulated 2.6 GHz Barcelona.

“We commend AMD for its non-disruptive roadmaps, allowing for a smooth upgrade from dual-core to quad-core,” said Danny Hsu, president, TYAN. “Streamlining and mitigating the complexities customers often face when upgrading their IT infrastructure is especially important in today’s competitive marketplace. TYAN has collaborated with AMD since 2001, and we will continue to support and take advantage of the customer-centric innovation AMD is offering in its quad-core processors when they are made available later this year.”

AMD roadmaps show Barcelona-based Opteron processors will launch in July, but the general consensus from partners is the processor isn’t performing well enough for a July launch.

“Quad-core, codenamed Barcelona will launch later this summer, in the July, August kind of time frame -- followed by [consumer chips] on the desktop... You'll see that in the Christmas line-up,” stated Robert Rivet, AMD executive vice president and CFO, just a few months ago.

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RE: Most interesting bit of Barcelona info, yet.
By just4U on 6/6/2007 4:11:45 AM , Rating: 2
Do you remember the early Operton's (before launch) running at 1.4GHZ. People were not to impressed with them either when Intel was running chips 2x Faster. It was rather comical to imagine it being the powerhouse that it was touted to be. However, after it's release people had to rethink their whole mghz idea and what was classified as performance.

I am not saying that this will be anything like that but just pointing it out! One never really knows till we start seeing some real benchmarks and hands on testing. I hope that comes soon.

RE: Most interesting bit of Barcelona info, yet.
By defter on 6/6/2007 4:26:10 AM , Rating: 2
Fastest Opterons were running at 1.8GHz at launch. It's true that earlier samples were running at 1.4GHz, but that was several months before the launch.

Unfortunately, it seems that it will take several months before Barcelona will reach more competitive clockspeeds :( and by that time Penryn based server CPUs will start arriving.

By spartan014 on 6/6/2007 4:30:21 AM , Rating: 2
Even then they could have given some details regarding the performance. I mean, if they have got the systems up and running, what is stopping them from running some benchmarks?

Not thorough, by the book ones.. Something that will give us some perspective. As of now, everything is still vague regarding the performance.

By defter on 6/6/2007 4:37:36 AM , Rating: 2
I mean, if they have got the systems up and running, what is stopping them from running some benchmarks?

Probably AMD is stopping them. What's the point of running benchmarks at 1.6GHz and showing that the Barcelona is slower than existing competition?

RE: Most interesting bit of Barcelona info, yet.
By MartinT on 6/6/2007 4:45:36 AM , Rating: 2
Do you remember the early Operton's (before launch) running at 1.4GHZ.
I remember AMD not being able to demonstrate K8 above 800 MHz for the better part of a year.

But my point was not about performance at all, but rather how last week's rumor of an extra 500 MHz, when combined with this bit of information, would have AMD not even reaching the simulated 2.6 GHz they used for their SPEC_2006 estimates.

By Justin Case on 6/6/2007 12:41:23 PM , Rating: 2
The complete chip production process takes several weeks, not days. Improvements in one part of the process may not translate into faster chips for over a month, so it's possible that AMD has better silicon "in the pipeline" but not any finished CPUs.

So far AMD has delivered the speeds they said they would (I still can't buy a 10 GHz Pentium), so I wouldn't worry too much about the early samples they're sending out. The first Opteron samples ran at 800 MHz. At launch they were up to 1.6 GHz, and they reached 2 GHz not long after that.

By BladeVenom on 6/6/2007 5:09:21 AM , Rating: 5
Agreed, lets wait for the final version, and for some reviews come out before making a hasty judgment.

By DigitalFreak on 6/6/2007 8:28:04 AM , Rating: 2
Different ball game now. The Core architecture is miles ahead of Netburst in pretty much every way.

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