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HKEPC:AMD Quad-Core Altair upcoming in 2007 Q3

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Sweet! 40% performance gain!?!?!? Now that'll help catch up to Core.

Linky here.

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AMD just released the roadmap for Desktop processors which tells more about the next-generation K8L architecture based Altair, the first AMD’s Quad Core to be available in 2007 Q3.

Quad-Core Altair will be the AMD’s most powerful desktop processor. With 65nm SOI technology, there are Athlon 64 FX and Athlon 64 X4 versions. The Athlon 64 FX one is designed for performance enthusiast with 4x4 platform supported, while the Athlon 64 X4 one targets for the mainstream segment with SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processor) technology.

According to the industry, Altair would be clocked somewhere between 2.7-2.9GHz, with 512KB L2 Cache for each core such that 2MB L2 Cache in total, and shared 2M L3 Cache. Besides, Altair will get Hyper-Transport 3.0 which doubled its speed from 2GHz in 2.0 to 4GHz. With 65nm SOI technology, its TDP is designed in 125W, still acceptable.

Be noticed that Altair is also compatible for the existing Socket AM2 main board, the only need is BIOS upgrade. Yet Hyper-Transport will get only 2GHz in Socket AM2 main board as ver. 2.0.


Based on K8L architecture, Altair has upgraded Instruction fetch to 32B, enhanced Branch Prediction and Out-of-order load execution, with Double Precision FLOPS/cycle, 128Bit SSE, and Load per Cycle. AMD claim that the new architect would get a great improvement with more than 40%!

Altair is expected to share 10% of the total shipment in 2007 Q3 and reaching 20% in 2007 Q4. Its rival is Intel’s Yorkfield.
    
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is all this going to be on the same slice of silicone or what? Cuz i was reading somewhere else that the first quad core technology from amd avalible was gona be a double dual core design and wasn't going to be 4 cores per socket/ same piece of silicon..
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is all this going to be on the same slice of silicone or what? Cuz i was reading somewhere else that the first quad core technology from amd avalible was gona be a double dual core design and wasn't going to be 4 cores per socket/ same piece of silicon..
Yes I also heard it was 2 dual-core processors rather than a single quad-core....

This is too far away
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Sources on that??? I haven't heard anything about AMD doing that. Intel is doing that with Kentsfield. AMD has always been about the native quad core approach so I would like to find out where you read that.
    
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Click the "Linky"...
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Yes I also heard it was 2 dual-core processors rather than a single quad-core....

This is too far away
That goes against everything released officially by AMD that I've ever read and was their major knock against Intel's quad core design philosophy. Link?

Edit: I think some of us are confusing two different upcoming releases. The 4X4 mentioned in that article is discussing the new double cpu motherboard solutions. If you read it carefully, you'll see that it's simply a way of have multiple dual cores before the release of AMD's quad core chip. After the quad core is released, you can use 2 quad core chips for a total of 8 cpus on 1 motherboard. It isn't saying that AMD's quad core is merely 2 dual cores slapped together under a heatspreader.
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to sell a range of two-CPU bundles for 4x4 with price tags that extend to "well under $1000."
From the link I gave

2 CPU's...
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From the link I gave

2 CPU's...
Read it again more carefully
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Read it again more carefully
I'm trying not to look too obvious about it but I skimmed it.. I"m at work and can't take the time to read it in detail

Did miss a blatant declaration that it'll be native quad-core?
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