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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: Why ???
By Hawkido on 7/30/2007 12:57:17 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I would figure the 32-bit OS was used because of the performance issues currently abound in vista 64-bit ATM.

They wanted to hit the max on the vista experience meter.

That would be more the fault of the Vista 64-bit drivers than anything, else as an engineering sample it may not be fully stable at 64-bit 3.0 ghz. either way it is what it is. A 3.0 ghz native quad core running stable (from reports) on a 32-bit OS, with a XXX fire setup.

It seems the Anti-AMD fanboys (not necessarily Intel fanboys) are reading more into this article than the AMD fanboys. Accept it at face value, hope what you will and wait for the next article about the chip (hopefully more mature and closer to a retail product) and see if your hopes are being lived up to.

Don't bash a sample. It seems most of the people flinging poo about this are people who would never buy the product even if it was the best thing in the universe. Seems kinda childish, as this is a teaser demo, and the final product could be completely dissimilar.


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