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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 Clauzii on 12/5/2007 4:20:48 PM , Rating: 2
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"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


So, what he says is that a updated Phenom performs well, but the speed is behind, compared to Intel. But viewed by price/performance, Phenoms aren't that bad.

I'm confident that AMD will get the problems with Phenoms solved. Also needing motherboard BIOS updates incl. some new micro code. OK, the Phenoms gets slower (VERY bad indeed!) but at least it can run :-/

I referred to the DFI motherboard btw. regarding links, not the Phenom :)

But thanks for that comprehensive list anyway. Pretty much sums up the Phenoms 'phenomenon' :)


RE: Waiting for a K9A2 Platinum!
By Clauzii on 12/5/2007 4:23:42 PM , Rating: 2
Ahh, I reffered to the DFI AND HD3870. my bad..


By JumpingJack on 12/6/2007 1:24:32 AM , Rating: 1
Well, I thought you were challenging the assertion that I stated it is a bit buggy.

I have not doubt these will iron out, but it has been a while since a major product launch where I have seen such a large number of 'stability is a problem' statements, not that it never happened... in those cases, I also recommend people to wait if asked.


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