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San Francisco (CA) - At the moment, AMD GPG (former ATI Technologies) could be considered as the only division in AMD that is firing on all cylinders. The 7-series chipsets, the mobile Puma platform, XGP and the Radeon 4800 series are all fantastic products. The CPU division had less luck with its recent products, especially if you think about the underestimated competitive threat from Intel, the catastrophic Barcelona B2 revision and a 45 nm architecture that is about to miss its initial launch target. But things are changing and the company may be able to compete with Intel sooner than some may think.




Industry sources told us that AMD is making progress on several fronts that are believed to make the company more nimble and effective against its blue rival. On the corporate side, we are hearing chatter about internal restructuring currently taking place so that launches of processors correspond to launches of chipsets and graphics processors. While the launch of the Spider platform launch got buried under the TLB disaster, AMD thinks it now has a better understanding of the needs of individual markets - at least that is what our sources told us.

On the product side, AMD wants to regain influence in the enthusiast market with affordable, but highly overclockable processors - such as the upcoming Phenom 9950. AMD is apparently shooting for a 12,000 CPU score in 3DMark Vantage. However, we were not able to get any specifics about the overclock required to hit this point. Since current Phenoms are checking in at less than 10,000 scores, we would expect a 20% higher clock rate.

However, looking at AMD’s more and more marketed “balanced platform†approach and the continuing advance of GPUs in everyday computing should put AMD into a much improved market position soon.

AMD’s team in Austin managed to use two R700 dual-GPU graphic cards (four RV770 chips) to get a score of X12515. This was done with four GPUs, while Nvidia uses three GTX280 boards to achieve a similar score. The R700 boards were clocked at 778 MHz, while the GDDR5 memory was clocked at 980 MHz QDR (that's 3920 "MHz", or just 3.92 GigaTransfers/sec), we were told. This brought the total on-board video bandwidth to an impressive 250.8 GB/s.

R700 boards are planned for introduction within the next seven weeks and if we trust our sources, then we should expect the Phenom 9950 in a similar timeframe. The 790GX chipset will ship with two new Southbridge chips - the SB700 and SB750 will also arrive in time for these new products. So, we are taking note: AMD will have an overclockable graphics card, an overclockable processor and an overclocker-friendly chipset.

Is AMD on back on track? We think so.

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glad to see AMD regaining back its competitive edge.
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Nice..
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i love you AMD. small prices, great OC potential
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glad to see AMD regaining back its competitive edge.
Same as that
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Me too! Yay AMD!
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I've never used AMD before but I am far from an Intel fanboy. If they can put out a processor that will do what I want it to do for the price that I'm willing to pay I'd make the switch when it comes time to do my next upgrade.

With the exception of XFX and EVGA I have no brand loyalty whatso ever.
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I've never used AMD before but I am far from an Intel fanboy. If they can put out a processor that will do what I want it to do for the price that I'm willing to pay I'd make the switch when it comes time to do my next upgrade.

With the exception of XFX and EVGA I have no brand loyalty whatso ever.
well XFX and EVGA are nvidia only brands, so technically, u're loyal to nvidia as well
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I wish I had more money to buy more of their stock!
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well XFX and EVGA are nvidia only brands, so technically, u're loyal to nvidia as well
Quit trying to put words in my mouth.

I specifically said "with the exception of".

Actually if you really want to get down to it I'm loyal to them because of their warranty. If they were to offer ATI cards with the same warranty then I wouldn't have any issues switching if the product was right.

So I'm loyal to them because of the service, not the product.
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