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The world is holding its breath as AMD readies the launch of its redone Phenom processors. As most tech-savvy users know, AMD has gotten off to a really bad start with the Phenom 9000 processors and their Opteron counterparts for the professional market. The quad core called Agena was supposed to get AMD back in the fast lane, after the firm was unable to offer a device that could keep up with Intel's Core 2 Duo. Unfortunately, the new product was not only many months late, but a nasty bug forced AMD to suspend shipments until a new revision of the micro chip would finally be available. Such a revision is referred to as a stepping, and it is imminent for the Phenom family. But what is the potential impact of such a new stepping? We looked at four different steppings of the Athlon 64 X2 5000 to look at the improvements.
http://www.tomshardware.com/2008/03/..._improvements/
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Good read, nice find
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Wow what a waste of space, they compare steppings, but don't OC?!?!?

Although it was somewhat of a surprise to see that the 90nm outperforms the 65nm.. Maybe AMD should fix that first before switching to 45nm
    
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