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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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The interesting thing...
By Goty on 6/6/2007 7:46:05 AM , Rating: 3
The most interesting thing about this demonstration is that the Barcelona-equipped system supposedly draws around 50W less on average than the same system equipped with a dual-core Opteron.

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RE: The interesting thing...
By Thorburn on 6/6/2007 8:04:28 AM , Rating: 2
You'd certainly hope so given the clock speeds though wouldn't you.

Looking at the numbers that'll be both chips at idle too, not full load.

RE: The interesting thing...
By Goty on 6/6/2007 8:08:16 AM , Rating: 4
Looking at the numbers that'll be both chips at idle too, not full load.

The quad core system drew 214W at full load, while the dual core system drew 259W.

Did you even READ the story?

RE: The interesting thing...
By Thorburn on 6/6/2007 8:30:27 AM , Rating: 1
No sir I did not :)

Shame theres no info on what the rest of the spec was, or even the dual-core parts clock speeds, as that power usage is VERY low for a Socket F system.

RE: The interesting thing...
By Brother Michigan on 6/6/2007 10:19:52 AM , Rating: 2
Why did this post get rated down? It's not fanboyish in any way, it applies to the article at hand, it contains factual information and the source the information was obtained from.

RE: The interesting thing...
By sdsdv10 on 6/6/2007 10:26:13 AM , Rating: 2
Probably because the OP linked to FUDZILLA. Rightly or wrongly, that site doesn't garner a great deal of respect in these parts, partner! ;-)

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