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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a shadow on the validity of benchmark tests.
11/20/2007 1:01:09 AM
Ars technica has an interesting story on whose benchmarks to believe & those you should NOT.
Then AMD came up with a brilliant idea, and offered would-be Phenom reviewers the chance to fly to Tahoe on an all expenses paid trip
where they'd be given the opportunity to review Phenom in a closed environment on a system prebuilt by AMD. In order to help things along, AMD also offered a recommended set of benchmarks at hand. Not only is this an extremely poor use of money for a company bleeding red ink, it's precisely the wrong move for a company trying to build any sort of confidence in a new product.
Ars was offered a chance to fly to Tahoe and refused it, as did Anandtech.
This turns out to have been a very good move. According to reports on the event, at least some of the systems AMD offered up for testing were clocked at 2.4 and 2.6GHz, rather than the actual launch speeds of 2.2 and 2.3GHz.
We urge readers to check the "fine print" on individual site reviews for information on whether or not the reviewer went to Tahoe, and to keep it in mind when comparing results. Any website demonstrating 2.4-2.6GHz results without specifically stating that they didn't attend the AMD event almost certainly did—and while that's not a crime, it casts a shadow on the validity of benchmark tests.
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