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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: Waiting for a K9A2 Platinum!
By ImSpartacus on 12/4/2007 3:13:53 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. It's almost depressing that the chipset that allows the most graphical power (scaling problems aside) has a cpu that can't keep up.

I doubt that's too much of a problem though, because those quad 3870's won't be worth too much more than dual 3870's.

RE: Waiting for a K9A2 Platinum!
By MagnumMan on 12/4/2007 3:39:01 PM , Rating: 2
This is more of an experiment and desire to push the envelope more than anything else. I wanted to get into water cooling. Almost everything is there to do it. I'm certain that we'll see 3GHz Phenoms next year, and who knows how far I can push the one I got. If I am CPU bound on the rig, there are solutions on the horizon.

Once customers are using a solution the companies have to support them (or risk the consequences of not..). If everyone was too afraid to set up a rig like this then the companies would drop support for it. (Hopefully this doesn't end up like QuadFX). I'm simply curious what this combination of stuff can do, and I'm sure it will get better over time with driver support and whatnot.

It's also a "Far Cry" from my Athlon XP 3200+ with GeForce 7600GT... why not push the envelope a little when you upgrade?

RE: Waiting for a K9A2 Platinum!
By MGSsancho on 12/4/2007 4:33:28 PM , Rating: 2
take pics and post them. and there are cases where you can use all that GPU power. like AA. again post pics and benchies :)

RE: Waiting for a K9A2 Platinum!
By Clauzii on 12/4/2007 9:54:01 PM , Rating: 3
I would also say that, without knowing what You are working on :), You'll have space for PowerUps!! when HOPEFULLY some GPU drivers with FPU like support, using all those shaders You plan for, a whopping 1280(!), will show up soon.

At least there's some buzzing about it once in a while around the net!
- Come on Nvidia and AMD/ATI!! It can't be THAT difficult to invoke some callable routines in the drivers that can be used outside a Graphics context. What's the problem?



So to conclude: If the Phenom/4x3870 can deliver, say, >1 TFlops using about 500 Watt wouldn't it be sweet enough to be considered usefull for some people (amateur scientists, 3DMax/Maya etc.) for around $2000-2500?

I know it's not for most people but evolution is mostly driven by stuff like this. The V8 Turbocharged Rocketfueled NitroChrome Bit-cruncher is ALWAYS welcome :)

At least to see where we're going.

RE: Waiting for a K9A2 Platinum!
By Shoal07 on 12/5/2007 2:40:08 PM , Rating: 2
The fastest computer in my house right now is a Barton 2800+ OC'd to something like 2.4ghz, 1GB DDR and a 6800GT. I still can play whatever game I want, just not maxed. I still play at atleast med. settings. Of course, I haven't tried crysis, but I don't care much for it anyway. I do plan to upgrade in Jan, likely to a Quad intel chip and 8800GT, but I am in no rush. That $700 computer back in 2003 was the best computing investment I ever made, price/performance wise. I've only upgraded the vid card one time (from a 5900 something).

Seriously, I can play RTSs, MMOs, WOW, DAOC (yes, DAOC) and I don't have any issues.

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