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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: stop worrying
By CyborgTMT on 6/8/2007 6:24:55 AM , Rating: 2
In part I would agree that AMD was just trying to get the name out but part of it was also to work any bugs before the quads hit the market. With a 2x2 set up it's naturally going to lose to a chip that has all 4 cores on one processor, even if the individual cores are identical in performance. The true test of the platform is going to be the nut with too much money to spend that slaps 2 quads and a 4 X Crossfire setup on it. Maybe by the time this is all available I'll have enough saved up to throw down on one myself. Of course I'll be reduced to a Ramen noodle diet to pay the electric bill every month.....


RE: stop worrying
By Nil Einne on 6/11/2007 4:47:45 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly, I think AMD knows their the 4x4 will really shine when they get quad. 8x4 is likely crap all over anything Intel has given that Intel still lacks a 'Xeon for desktops'. Of course you'd have to be insane to want 8x4 but all AMD cares about is being able to advertise the fastest system. Intel could of course respond by sticking two of their Penryns together and making a 8 core OR by speeding up the 'Xeon for desktops' platform. But AMD will probably still have that area all to themselves for a while at least. Intel also are still stuck on the FSB and I suspect it'll start to show with a 8 core system.


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