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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 91TTZ on 12/4/2007 2:19:29 PM , Rating: 2
AMD made the fastest 286, 386, 486 CPUs, usually coming late in that product's development. Their K6 was also faster than the Pentium for a while until the P2s and P3s came out.

The Athlon was faster than the P3, and until faster P4s came out until had no answer.

RE: kinda..
By Omega215D on 12/4/2007 3:19:36 PM , Rating: 2
The Athlon 64 dominated the P4 line. I believe the K6 3 was faster than the P2 and competitive with the P3 for a bit.

RE: kinda..
By MustangMike on 12/4/2007 7:45:27 PM , Rating: 2
The Athlon 64 dominated the P4 line.

I hate to be a nitpick, but your really comparing apples to oranges as the Athlon 64 is a 64bit cpu while the Pentium 4 was 32bit. Not only that but you're forgetting the Athlon XP Series. The Athlon series went up to 1.4GHz, the Athlon XP started ~1.4GHz and up to 2.2GHz When Intel came out with the higher P4 chips, AMD did respond with the Athlon XP series. Anyone remember the Quantispeed architecture and the ridiculous Model naming scheme. For example the Athlon XP 1800+ was running at 1.538GHz but due to Quantispeed architecture it was said that the 1800+ could beat a 1.8GHz Pentium 4. In the beginning it was the case but when you got to the 2400+ and up the numbers really didn't match up.

RE: kinda..
By MustangMike on 12/4/2007 7:48:55 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry about that, it seems I have a couple grammar issues.

but your really comparing apples to oranges as the Athlon 64 is a 64bit cpu while the Pentium 4 was 32bit.

Should be

but you're really comparing apples to oranges. The Athlon 64 is a 64bit cpu while the Pentium 4 is a 32bit cpu.

RE: kinda..
By Clauzii on 12/4/2007 9:29:15 PM , Rating: 4
Since most A64s are running 32bit OSes, this doesn't matter much.

RE: kinda..
By Locutus465 on 12/5/2007 12:55:28 AM , Rating: 2
It does for those users that plan to take advantage of it... I waited for Vista 64b to switch up to 64b, and was happy I did.

RE: kinda..
By Calin on 12/5/2007 2:27:36 AM , Rating: 3
K6-3 had better IPC than the P3 line. However, the K6-3 was a product with low availability, it ran on what was known as an aging platform, and was limited in frequency (clock speed).
While K6-3 might have surpassed in performance the P3 in some point of its life cycle (the fastest K6-3 ran at 450Mhz), AMD was already going after its Athlon (Socket A Athlon) line.

RE: kinda..
By jak3676 on 12/5/2007 10:42:35 AM , Rating: 2
It wasn't too hard for AMD to beat the early P4's. Intel's 1.13 GHz PIII was faster than the 1.2 GHz P4. Both were beat by the Athlon.

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