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AMD memo leaked to DailyTech shows Phenom availability

AMD and Intel have historically traded the title of the best performing CPUs. Recently, however, the battle has been largely one-sided with Intel taking the volume and performance crown.

AMD hopes to change that with the release of its new Phenom processors. MSI was the first mainboard manufacturer to announce an RD790 mainboard, the K9A2 Platinum, for the quad-core and tri-core Phenom's. Mainboards from ASUS and Gigabyte based on RD790 were announced in October and also support Phenom quad-core processors.

More details of the AMD platform launch that included the Phenom, the RD790 chipset and the RV670 graphics processor surfaced early in November. DailyTech reported early in November 2007 on the pricing structure of the Phenom processors ranging from about $280 to $330 USD. 

An AMD internal memos hows the AMD Phenom 9700, 2.4 GHz processor is slated for mid-December availability. Allocation for the Phenom 9600 running at 2.3GHz has been pushed back to a Q1 2008 date.

The Tech Report, in an interview with AMD's desktop product marketing manager Michael Saucier, confirmed an erratum for all Phenom processors that will cause the system to hang due to an L3 cache miss.  The Tech Report claims this fix will degrade performance as much at 10%.

The mainboard favored by AMD, the MSI K9A2 Platinum is impossible to get currently since it is out of stock. MSI confirmed to DailyTech that this board will start shipping again next week, and that the board itself is not with any defect, but just in high demand and low availability.



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RE: kinda..
By thornburg on 12/4/2007 2:08:33 PM , Rating: 3
Yes, you are forgetting some. The original Athlon was hands-down faster than the Pentium 3s available at the time. There were many issues with the press coverage, and lots of fanboyism on both sides, but Athlons were faster until the best of the Coppermine P3s, IIRC. Then, for part of the P4 era, it depended on which benchmark you were running which CPU (AMD or Intel) was faster. And of course there was a time during the ridiculous P4 clock-speed ramp-up that AMD was the clear king, as long you weren't looking at cycles per second as the measure.

However, since the Core line was released, Intel has taken off. The Core processors were good, the Core 2 series are great. The question is, will the next major overhaul be another P4 disaster, or will they continue strong improvements?


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