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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: 1.6Ghz?
By Thorburn on 6/6/2007 5:41:49 AM , Rating: 3
Given that Barcelona is supposed to be a month from launch its certainly worrying.

By comparison Core 2 Duo launched at up to 2.93GHz with the B-2 stepping.
Looking at the chips that made it onto XtremeSystems in the run up to the launch the A-1 silicon was clocked at up to 2.4GHz, B-0 took this to 2.66GHz and B-1 delivered the final boost to 2.93GHz.

The A-1 stepping was doing the rounds maybe 4 or 5 months before launch and saw a 500MHz increase before launch.
If AMD are demoing at almost 1GHz below there proposed launch speed they clearly have plenty work still to do.


RE: 1.6Ghz?
By Targon on 6/6/2007 8:08:30 AM , Rating: 2
It's possible that AMD is keeping their current samples in-house to keep Intel from pushing out faster chips sooner than they would if they knew the current performance that Barcelona can produce. I would be willing to bet that these current samples are 6 months old, just to throw off Intel's guestimate about the true performance that AMD can get the chips to.


RE: 1.6Ghz?
By zsdersw on 6/6/2007 8:21:32 AM , Rating: 2
Intel and AMD have things they keep from each other, obviously, but I highly doubt the "true performance" of their upcoming chips is among those things.


RE: 1.6Ghz?
By coldpower27 on 6/6/2007 9:24:33 AM , Rating: 3
Possibly but when compared to Intel demonstrating 3.33GHZ Yorkfield 6 months before launch, against AMD's Budapest/Bareclona's at 1.6GHZ 1-2 months before launch. This just doesn't inspire much confidence.


RE: 1.6Ghz?
By eKi on 6/15/2007 9:03:14 PM , Rating: 2
Cant u guys read???

"before 1-2 months from launch"... yes, its the orig date, but didnt u read that text at all?? Many of u saying same, not very good at few months before lauch, but hey guys, u know that christmas is still far away ;)

"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."

It says it very clearly i think, it was supposed to launch in july, but amd vice president himself said it will be seen in christmas line-up, & christmas isnt 1-2 months away, is it now? :D


RE: 1.6Ghz?
By melgross on 6/7/07, Rating: 0
RE: 1.6Ghz?
By P4blo on 6/11/2007 12:21:04 PM , Rating: 2
AMD plays dead, I love it. Then when the time comes they'll whip out some 3Ghz badboys and Intel will be like "mofos!" and slap them about with 45nm ;-)

Very curious to know which one is the most efficient though. Clock for clock.


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