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Advanced Micro Devices has once again rescheduled release dates of its quad-core AMD Phenom microprocessors with decent performance. With new central processing units (CPUs) only due in the second half of the year, the world’s second largest supplier of x86 chips will have to rely only on entry-level and mainstream chips in the whole first half of 2008.

According to a news-story from HKEPC web-site that cites sources among mainboard makers, quad-core AMD Phenom 9700 (2.40GHz) and 9900 (2.60GHz) microprocessors have been cancelled and will not be released. Instead, AMD plans to launch AMD Phenom 9750 (2.40GHz) in May or June and to release AMD Phenom 9950 (2.60GHz) sometime in Q3.

After a Translation Lookaside Buffer (TLB)-related erratum was discovered in AMD Phenom microprocessors and AMD had to impose a fix that reduced performance of the CPUs, Advanced Micro Devices announced a new B3 stepping of the chip with bug corrected without performance degradation. Unfortunately for AMD, the new chips will only become available for its customers sometime in late Q2 2008 with chips that offer higher performance only due in Q3.

Besides delay of certain quad-core microprocessors based on the B3 stepping, AMD will postpone its triple-core AMD Phenom 8450, 8650 and 8750 to May or June, whereas B2-based models 8400 and 8600 will be launched in March.

The delay of the advanced AMD Phenom microprocessors to Q2 or Q3 2008 will slowdown AMD’s income growth in the first two quarters, as presently existing AMD Athlon 64 X2 as well as entry-level AMD Phenom processors are not competitive against higher-end Intel Core 2 chips in terms of performance. As a consequence, AMD will have to focus on selling primarily lower-end CPUs that have low profit margins.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.


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lol? srsly AMD?

Errata? Or something eles?
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 02/04/08 08:54:41 AM]

q3 2008
I think Intel will have its Nehalem ready by then. But it wont release them at these pricepoints, because their current architecture is fast enough.

Is AMD trying to slowdown Intel, so they would fall into the "Netburst sleep?" It wont work the second time though, they have instated their tick-tock model.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 02/04/08 09:07:04 AM]

lol at AMD. Hopephully things can change with their 45nm technology, this generation of their cpu's are a joke.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 02/04/08 10:04:51 AM]
- collapse thread

Well it is faster than the Athlon64, but it's not THAT much faster, so calling it Phenom is just marketing BS (more than usual). I don't understand why there are no dual cores (kuma) out yet...shouldn't that be the easiest to make?
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 02/04/08 12:10:37 PM]

Seeing as you cannot get any of the new intel 45nm except processors running at 3ghz (either the dual or the quad). I have heard they have issues with the processor and this is why they are unavailable. This is still a rumor and I happen to own the BE 9600 running at 2.6 with a 790FX and an Ati 3850 OC to 3870 levels and I am getting 12,000 on my 3dmark 06. Anyone need proof just look on the Futuremark site. There is no Dual Intel that is worth buying at the moment only their Quad cores are really worth getting and you can't get any of the new 45nm (not Xeon) ones anyway (I challenge anyone to find One!), believe me I have tried. The Tri-cores will do fine, agian intel isn't shipping any 45nm low speed processors yet, they have time.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 02/04/08 06:34:19 PM]


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