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AMD bets on low-power, low-clock processors for its next generation debut

AMD announced today what analysts have been dreading for months: the company will launch its next-generation architecture this August, at top-out frequencies of 2.0 GHz. This next-generation CPU will become the successor of the existing K8 AMD Opteron lineup.

AMD's press release claims, "With planned availability at launch in a range of frequencies up to 2.0 Ghz, AMD expects its native quad-core processors to scale to higher frequencies in Q407 in both standard and SE (Special Edition) versions."

AMD Barcelona roadmaps from February 2007 indicated the company would launch at a top-out frequency of 2.3 GHz, with an eventual ramp to 2.6 GHz on the way.

Just this past June the company also announced it could demonstrate Barcelona on working systems immediately. The part the company left out from its announcement was that the demonstration CPUs ran at 1.6 GHz -- still 400 MHz under the estimated launch speed and 700 MHz under the roadmapped top-out frequency.

To add insult to injury, when DailyTech benchmarked the pre-production 1.6 GHz Barcelona, the CPU did not match Intel's 65nm quad-core offering clock-for-clock. AMD engineers stress to DailyTech that this benchmark was premature, and that final silicon and software will allow for SSE optimizations and better performance.

AMD's press release claims the Barcelona Opteron will provide a 70% performance increase in certain database applications; and a 40% increase on certain floating point applications. The company has maintained this conclusion for nearly six months, though the only benchmarks it has provided to back its case up are simulated SPECint and SPECfp benchmarks released in April 2007.

The 2.0 GHz K10 Opteron announcement comes with another twist; the company will launch its energy-efficient models alongside its performance models at launch. Originally, these low-power Barcelona derivatives were scheduled for a late 2007, possibly early 2008 launch.

“AMD has prioritized production of our low power and standard power products because our customers and ecosystem demand it, and we firmly believe that the introduction of our native Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor will deliver on the promise of the highest levels of performance-per-watt the industry has ever seen,†added Randy Allen, corporate vice president of AMD's Server and Workstation division.

The upcoming Barcelona processors are drop-in compatible with current-generation Opteron motherboards.
http://www.dailytech.com/AMD+to+Laun...rticle7890.htm
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But we still don't know how they perform at these frequencies.

People seem to be forgetting that AMD was never about clock speed in the first place.
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it could run at 100MHZ for all i care it had better beat intel,i plane on getting a Phenom x4 when they come out and it had better beat the hell out of anything intel.
    
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They releasing in August instead of September? =]

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it could run at 100MHZ for all i care it had better beat intel,i plane on getting a Phenom x4 when they come out and it had better beat the hell out of anything intel.
It had better or AMD will be in the hole.
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it could run at 100MHZ for all i care it had better beat intel,i plane on getting a Phenom x4 when they come out and it had better beat the hell out of anything intel.
And if the Core 2 Quad is faster (and cheaper), will you still get the Phenom?
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well.. following AMD's release of the Phenom, intel will be dropin the penryn lol..

its going to be an interesting end of summer for us computer Techies
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I should have bought a AM2 system instead of the one in my spec but this thing flys so I cant really imagine goin faster. If the Intels really do pwn the AM2 and AM2 pwns 939 then I have no idea what to buy. If i can go faster that would be sweet but i seem to be all about buying the most stable for the price. Maybe thats why i went 939 but with my budget I could have gone C2D. Technology needs to peak sometime. The only major differences are the architecture the clock speed means almost nothing. They have stayed under the 4Ghz mark and I don't see them going higher just smaller with more cores. IMO
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And if the Core 2 Quad is faster (and cheaper), will you still get the Phenom?
Thats the idea behind fanboyism. He'll just be an angry fanboy.
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Thats the idea behind fanboyism. He'll just be an angry fanboy.
Ya, like Paul isn't a fanboy...

Anyway, we all know that 3 GHz K8s killed 3 GHz, and even 4 GHz, Intels. Why care about clock speed now? If the speeds are comparable to K8 vs P4 (and I'm not saying they are) then new AMDs being under 2 GHz makes sense, seeing as Intel's fastest at stock is 2.66 GHz.

And don't pull out that same tired benchmark you always do, because it's really getting old.

You always say they aren't going to scale well because they're launching the low end at like 1.6 GHz and the High end is 2.0, and was originally planned to be 2.3 GHz... Well, when C2D came out, their slowest was 1.8 GHz, and their fastest was what, 2.66 GHz? And that chip was well over $1000.

Wait until the chip is out, real, reputable benchmarks are presented, and then we will know whether this 2.0 GHz Barcelona is a flop, or if AMD has done a great job with low clock speeds (comparatively) just like with K8...
    
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But we still don't know how they perform at these frequencies.

People seem to be forgetting that AMD was never about clock speed in the first place.
The point is that they can't get out of the chips what they thought they could at this point. Even if it performs on par with the lower-end C2Ds and overclocks only mildly then I'll be happy because it means that competition continues.
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