AMD "Spider" Crawls Up the Water Spout
November 18, 2007 3:16 AM
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AMD guidance details the backwards and forwards compatibility of the AM2, AM2+ and AM3 sockets.
AMD details its platform progression identically to Intel's "tick-tock" architecture roadmap.
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
. 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.
the Phenom 9600 at a retail price of $322.00 and the Phenom 9500
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
. In the second-half of 2008 AMD will announce its
, which will be a migration of the current K10 core to the 45nm node.
lineup consists of five variants, including quad-core
. The second-generation
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.
new Radeon series
received overwhelmingly positive feedback during AMD's November 15 media event. Newegg representatives tell
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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RE: AMD continues to disappoint
11/19/2007 8:34:19 AM
AMD has been targeting all of their designs for the server space since the K8, and these benchmarks show those decisions do not pay off in the desktop realm.
Core's larger caches are great for typical desktop usage where applications use small working sets and there is a small amount of processors to minimize coherency traffic. Luckily for AMD, these advantages degrade for servers when the addressable memory spans 128 GB and the processor bandwidth is chewed up by coherency requests of 16-32 cores.
If AMD could meet demand in the server space, they would be in a lot better shape since those processors carry higher margins. With that in mind, this desktop launch can't be all bad since it gives them a way to discard all of their broken parts.
I'm hoping they can find a way to increase their yields on the Barcelona parts and somehow make it out of this ordeal.
RE: AMD continues to disappoint
11/19/2007 4:28:18 PM
This is a good point, for HPC and scientific, FP related activity (aspecially in high cluster super computers), this processor will work great -- AMD focused alot of transistor budget on increasing the bandwidth, where this really helps in these situations.
Unfortunately, in many commercial space applications it still lags... Kanter was quick to point out the lack of any real meaningful commercial benchmark runs on Barcelona launch:
Makes sense, don't show something you cannot win :) ... but there will be a niche market for this CPU where the margins are good.
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