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AMD demo system with a Phenom running at 3.0 GHz  (Source: AMD, AnandTech)

A shot of the Windows Vista system properties screen, with Phenom running at 3.0 GHz  (Source: AMD, AnandTech)
AMD dismisses claims that it's quad-core architecture can't ramp clock frequency

To kick off AMD's Analyst Day at the company's Sunnyvale, California headquarters, AMD demonstrated a system running on a quad-core desktop 3.0 GHz processor.  The processor, codenamed Agena, will be the flagship AMD high-end offering.

The system used standard cooling, though company officials would not disclose how much power the system consumed. In addition to the unannounced processor, the system also included a three-way CrossFire configuration.  Two ATI Radeon HD 2900 graphics adaptors provided video acceleration for the system; the third, we were told, provided physics support for the demonstration.

AMD made two systems running the Agena processors available for media to play select games.  The company would not let anyone view the system properties details, but sent the two featured images to press beforehand.

AMD's quad-core Opteron launch, slated for later this summer, is expected to debut at 2.0 GHz.  Company roadmaps ramped this clock frequency launch down several times -- the company's original roadmap launch plans indicated we would see a 2.6 GHz processor at launch.

An AMD engineer, speaking on terms of anonymity, claimed to DailyTech that the company took on several unplanned respins for the K10-family.  "We ramped the spin aggressively.  It's going to bring the clock frequencies we need for the desktop," he said.

The company would not comment on when the 3.0 GHz Phenom-based processor would debut, though the company has previously indicated Phenom will ship for volume by the 2007 holiday season.

Update 7/31/2007: According toThe Inquirer, Charlie Demerjian was allowed to confirm the system core frequency was 3.0 GHz from the system BIOS. 

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By inthell on 7/26/2007 4:58:55 PM , Rating: 5
no benchies what a tease..

RE: benchmarks
By JackPack on 7/26/07, Rating: -1
RE: benchmarks
By James Holden on 7/26/2007 5:42:06 PM , Rating: 2
AMD had two systems out, but the images shown in this article were supplied to media.

RE: benchmarks
By alifbaa on 7/26/2007 5:47:42 PM , Rating: 1
I'm sure that it had four cores. AMD wouldn't just make that up.

Having said that, I too have serious doubts about its stability. Those doubts are only intensified by the way they've continuously back-pedaled on their initial K10 performance plans.

RE: benchmarks
By Oregonian2 on 7/26/2007 7:11:35 PM , Rating: 4
I'm sure that it had four cores. AMD wouldn't just make that up.

Depends upon your comfortableness with AMD's "core competency".


RE: benchmarks
By Kilim on 7/26/2007 8:06:27 PM , Rating: 2
nyuk nyuk nyuk hay-ohhhh!!!!!

RE: benchmarks
By defter on 7/27/2007 2:18:52 AM , Rating: 1
One good question is: did AMD run a benchmark that stressed all cores?

Article mentions that they run games, which usually stress only 1-2 cores. Maybe the system was only stable @ 3GHz with 2 cores loaded? In that case, this wouldn't be a real "3GHz quad core" demonstration.

RE: benchmarks
By murphyslabrat on 7/30/2007 11:17:36 AM , Rating: 1

"AMD revealed the clock speed of the Agena-based processor they showed to the press today yesterday in conference, and clocks in at 3.0GHz

The system that ran quad-core AMD Phenom FX 3.0GHz chip was based on a new RD790 PCI Express 2.0 core-logic from AMD...

In a demonstration designed to prove that Phenom isn't broken, AMD featured a quad-core Phenom X4 processor, with standard cooling, running at 3.0GHz.

I think it is clear, that was an Agena(quad-core)CPU

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