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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 Desslok on 7/26/2007 6:57:37 PM , Rating: 3
Holy wall of fans batman!

I would love to know how long that sample lasted. If you need that many fans to keep your case cool then you have a serious heat issues.

Like other posters have said not disclosing the power usage is more than a little worrying.

I hope for competition sake AMD came come to the desktop market strong and give Intel a run for it's money.

By Regs on 7/26/2007 8:29:16 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah wow indeed. I'm still trying to figure out why AMD still refuses to show how these things perform or show the slightest bit of proof to back their words. They're not hiding anything from Intel anymore, just the consumer. Why do people fool themselves thinking AMD is hiding information from Intel? A month away from release, there is nothing Intel can do that they all ready haven't done. Intel showed their cards early with Core Duo, what did AMD do for a year? Nothing.

My only reasoning for AMD to tease us is that they want to stir up the consumer base with rumors and rhetoric. Or, the fact that AMD still has issues with the switch to 65nm at least above 2.0 GHz.

By murphyslabrat on 7/30/2007 11:36:41 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah wow indeed. I'm still trying to figure out why AMD still refuses to show how these things perform or show the slightest bit of proof to back their words.

Simple. They start talking real numbers, then people ask why no real numbers before. AMD looks weak with or without numbers, and our only option is to wait till release and see the monster rockage, ridiculous suckage, or probable mediocre...age.

On the "test it for ourselves note", they did say some top-tier OEMS will have it later this week-and you know what that means... leaked benchmarks!

By MonkeyPaw on 7/26/2007 8:33:09 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, it's pretty likely that it is a standard case. A few manufacturers out there sell models with 4 120mm fans on the side panel.

By Aquila76 on 7/26/2007 11:05:39 PM , Rating: 2
Cooler Master Stacker Evo case has them in that exact config. Probably is that case, judging by the screens and the below NewEgg product shot.

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