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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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nvidia nforce 3400
By duploxxx on 6/6/2007 11:20:04 AM , Rating: 2
How can this be a benchmark of a Barcelona cpu if the nforce 3400 is an am2 socket. Do we have a Budapest cpu at teh stage?

RE: nvidia nforce 3400
By JackPack on 6/6/2007 3:38:37 PM , Rating: 2
nForce Pro 3400 works with Socket F (1207).

RE: nvidia nforce 3400
By Screwballl on 6/7/2007 10:49:27 AM , Rating: 2
another thing to remember is that some current testing may be done using AM2/1207 and not always AM2+ and 1207+. some of the reports may be coming from an AM2 board which does not support the higher HT speeds. Likely due to little to no AM2+ on the market for now

RE: nvidia nforce 3400
By Proteusza on 6/7/2007 3:00:17 PM , Rating: 2
err what do you mean little to no AM2+? there isnt a single market ready board yet.

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