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AMD guidance details the backwards and forwards compatibility of the AM2, AM2+ and AM3 sockets.  (Source: AMD)

AMD details its platform progression identically to Intel's "tick-tock" architecture roadmap.  (Source: AMD)
AMD announces its Spider Platform in what could be its biggest launch of all time

Tomorrow marks the launch of AMD's platform launch, codenamed Spider. The launch consists of three components: AMD Phenom processors, the ATI Radeon HD 3800 graphics processor and AMD 7-Series desktop chipsets.

The first new AMD desktop architecture in four years will debut with the Phenom 9500 and Phenom 9600. Both chips feature a 95-Watt thermal envelope and a shared 2MB L3 cache.

The AMD Phenom 9600 ships with a 2.3GHz operating frequency, while the Phenom 9500 features a slightly lower 2.2GHz clock. Both processors run on HyperTransport 3.0 and feature a total 2MB L2 cache; 512KB per core. The chips also come with an integrated DDR2 memory controller and support speeds up to the DDR2-1066 specification, which is still pending JEDEC approval.

Directron.com carries the Phenom 9600 at a retail price of $322.00 and the Phenom 9500 at $286.00.

AMD guidance originally stated that a 2.4GHz Phenom, dubbed the Phenom 9700, would also launch on November 19, however last minute roadmap updates indicate this chip will come in December instead.

These two Phenom processors are part of AMD's first-generation, 65nm Stars family. In the second-half of 2008 AMD will announce its second-generation Stars family, which will be a migration of the current K10 core to the 45nm node.

The second-gen Stars lineup consists of five variants, including quad-core Deneb, dual-core Propus, dual-core Regor and single-core Sargas. The second-generation Stars CPUs will also include an integrated DDR3 memory controller, a first for AMD.

AMD's Spider Platform launch also includes the official announcement of its ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series. The launch of the Spider platform will add two new video cards to AMD's lineup, the ATI Radeon HD 3870 and Radeon HD 3850. 

AMD's new Radeon series received overwhelmingly positive feedback during AMD's November 15 media event.  Newegg representatives tell DailyTech the company sold out all of its stock on the first day, but is quickly replenishing inventory.

To round off the launch of the platform, AMD also announced its 7-Series desktop chipsets. The AMD 790FX targets the ultra-enthusiast market segment, and corporate guidance sets the retail price of 790FX boards between $150-250. Several partners already announced boards supporting this new chipset earlier this year.

AMD designates the AMD 790X as its performance chipset, slotted just below the 790FX.  AMD guidance states this chipset will run the consumer between $99-150.  The mainstream AMD 770 chipset will not see store shelves for several months, but AMD claims this chip will round off the mainstream segment for AMD chipsets. 


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By crystal clear on 11/19/2007 12:24:12 AM , Rating: 2
Is this a once more paper launch ?

AMD Phenom Listings Multiply, Begging Delivery Questions

AMD's Phenom processor is showing up at an increasing number of online resellers, and at some stores with specific dates for availability, begging the question: : Will AMD deliver the processor in sufficient numbers? Doubts about delivery of AMD's quad-core desktop chip are being driven by supply problems with its server-centric sibling, the "Barcelona" Opteron.

Though there is no official word from AMD, some resellers are stating four- to six-week lead times for availability of the 2.4-GHz 9700. One reseller states this on its site: "ETA: Friday December 14, 2007" for the "9700 2.4GHz Quad Core 125W 4MB Processor Socket AM2 HD9700XAGDBOX." Another reseller, contacted by phone, simply stated "four to six weeks" for the same Phenom 9700. The lower-speed parts at some stores are slated for earlier availability. One reseller states rather boldly: "ETA: Monday November 19, 2007" for the Phenom 9600 2.3-GHz Quad Core. But these are simply reseller ETAs, not firm dates. And not systems--availability of the processor for system builders will likely differ. Listings for motherboards, such as the Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DS5, that integrate AMD's 790FX chipset and support the Phenom are also appearing in increasing numbers at first-tier resellers such as PC Connection and Zones.com. PC Connection is showing about two weeks, while an Asus board listed as "PHENOM QUAD CORE CPU QUAD-CROSSFIRE" at Zones.com is showing "10+ days." (11/17/07)


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