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.
quote: Stability is an equally important axis in computer performance, and the story isn't particularly robust yet. Earlier, we noted the inability of the platform to run Adobe After Effects CS3. In our game testing, the Supreme Commander benchmark crashed several times, while Quake Wars: Enemy Territory locked up once. Thermal issues didn't seem to be the culprit here. It's very likely another BIOS update or two for the motherboard will be needed to fix these issues.
quote: The spider platform looks good overall if you ignore some bugs they have right now....the processor we did have had a number of issues that added up....AMD's Phenom Processor falls short of expectations and needs to have the bugs worked out with higher clock frequencies.
quote: AMD's plan to release an unlocked version of the Phenom 9600 may help tip the scales in the 9600's favor for some folks, but I suspect they won't find much overclocking headroom in those chips. In fact, our 2.6GHz engineering sample wasn't 100% stable, which is why you won't find any overclocking results in this review.
quote: Now the other part of the Spider project ... really impressive is the new AMD 790FX chipset we tested. Surely we had a number of bugs
quote: I've been play with it for a couple days now, and not have gotten it completely stable
quote: AMD's quad-core "Barcelona" Opterons have been notably difficult to find since their introduction two months ago, and The Tech Report has learned that a chip-level problem has impacted the supply of these chips to both server OEMs and distribution channel customers.
quote: If you call an OEM today to get an AMD quad-core powered system, you’relikely to get a pitch for an Intel system or an AMD dual-core chip. Why? Quad-core Opterons, those formerly known as Barcelona chips, are in short supply.
quote: "So overall I'm not at all disappointed by AMD Phenom at all. It's just that we were all expecting a little more." - guru3d.com