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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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RE: Good to see finally
By AstroCreep on 7/26/2007 5:58:43 PM , Rating: 4
Seeing as how they're going to be introduced around the 2GHz range, I'd venture to think that the 3GHz is an indication of overclocking ability.

RE: Good to see finally
By Khato on 7/26/2007 6:46:32 PM , Rating: 2
... I'd venture to think that the 3GHz is an indication of large process variation. If they can't get good enough yields beyond 2GHz to introduce higher speed grades, but have the rare chip that can get up to 3GHz... It's certainly not something that I'd be celebrating.

RE: Good to see finally
By Griswold on 7/27/2007 3:45:40 AM , Rating: 4
Maybe you shouldnt mix server processor and desktop processor production quality requirements either.

No, I'm not convinced that we'll see 3GHz phenoms in volumes anytime soon, but its still not the same ballpark as server parts.

RE: Good to see finally
By Brockway on 7/27/2007 7:13:00 PM , Rating: 2
If I remember right, Amd was only having trouble upping the frequency on the server Barcelona processors. The Agena desktop models are expected to ship at 2.6ghz. It doesn't seem that weird that Amd would be able to bin some chips capable of 3ghz. Even if it was an overclock, and Amd was having trouble ramping up the freq, a 2ghz to 3 overclock would be pretty impressive, no?

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