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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 INTC on 6/6/2007 5:45:11 AM , Rating: 2
This article from Spring 2006 IDF dated March 7, 2006 shows a C2D at 2.66 GHz beating an Athlon FX-60 overclocked to 2.8 GHz. That was over 4 months before the official C2D launch last July. AMD said that they didn't want to reveal clock speeds or benchmarks so as not to show all of their cards to the competition but if they don't show something better than just working architecture very soon, they are going to miss the boat. I doubt too many OEMs will be waiting around too long and risk having to make the same announcement as Cray yesterday.

RE: 1.6Ghz?
By Behlal on 6/6/2007 12:00:20 PM , Rating: 3
Yes, but who knows what NDAs OEMs are having to sign to get these chips. For all we know, AMD has already given higher speed samples out, but an NDA agreement stops them using them at trade shows. My point is that we only know that the public have been shown 1.6GHz Barcelona chips. We don't know anything else. This of course is one of our current complaints with AMD, they are playing their cards way too close to their chest.

RE: 1.6Ghz?
By melgross on 6/7/2007 1:37:06 AM , Rating: 2
But there isn't any point to it.

What are their customers thinking?

If they tell their customers that the actual chip speeds are much higher, then you don't think it will get out anyway?

RE: 1.6Ghz?
By Nil Einne on 6/11/2007 4:27:11 PM , Rating: 1
The point to it is to keep Intel guessing and perhaps also so that their end users are amazed when they actual launch the beasts.

As for it getting out, who said the info hasn't? The Inquirer has claimed at various times they're clocking well. Who's to know whether this was from a customer leaking info, AMD trying to hype things up, Intel trying to hype AMD up so they have a big fall or something The Inquirer found somewhere that was complete BS? The trouble is that even when these sort of detail leak, if the wrap is tight enough no one knows if they're true or not so everyone remains guessing...

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