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AMD shows off Barcelona, R600

AMD shows off Barcelona, R600

Image courtesy of TGDaily - A pair of quad-core Barcelona chips were capable of encoding a 720p video in almost-real-time with all 8 cores loaded.

At an event in California, AMD has demonstrated its upcoming Barcelona processors in two different systems kitted out with the company's soon-to-be-released graphics cards based on its R600 GPU.

The first system featured a single quad-core CPU, while the second paired two Agena FX quad-core chips together in a 4x4 configuration. Both systems were paired with DDR2-1066 memory and a single R600 graphics card, but unfortunately details of the CPU clocks were not disclosed by AMD.

Rumours have suggested that AMD's native quad-core chips may come clocked as high as 2.9GHz, but that is nothing more than rumour at this moment in time.

We suspect that final clock speeds will not be released until the chips are officially launched in the next few months.

The chip firm demonstrated its new eight-core 4x4 configuration encoding a 720p video in almost-real-time with all eight cores maxed out, according to TG Daily. However, the company declined to comment on which video file formats were being used during the demonstration.

AMD also showed off a fully functional 45nm wafer for the first time at the event. The wafer, which is codenamed Typhoon, features 45nm dies that combine SRAM and logic. AMD's CTO, Phil Hester, told TGDaily that AMD expects to start shipping 45nm processors by the middle of 2008.

It's fair to say that AMD has been going through a tough patch over the past few months, but things appear to be a little more rosy going forwards. Can't wait for Barcelona? Join us in the forums.

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Mankz 10th May 2007, 18:49 Quote
Blooming 'ell.

That thig must be poweful :D
MrBadidea 10th May 2007, 18:52 Quote
GIEF. :O
MrWillyWonka 10th May 2007, 18:57 Quote
I want one (8 rather :p)!
DarkLord7854 10th May 2007, 18:57 Quote
Now gotta wonder how much it'll sell for.. Anyone else smelling the 999$ mark? :)
trig 10th May 2007, 18:58 Quote
i dont get the secrecy though...why not answer the questions?
DXR_13KE 10th May 2007, 19:42 Quote
good, now i want them out so you ( @ bit-tech) can test it :D.
devdevil85 10th May 2007, 19:57 Quote
I have been waiting for 4x4/AM2 for a good while now (native quad-core: hell yeah!). Good to hear some news about it. I can't wait to see the specs (and the price!). I also can't wait for 65nm R650! Patience should pay off hopefully. Better watch out Nvidia and Intel. Heheheheeeeee
DougEdey 10th May 2007, 20:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by trig
i dont get the secrecy though...why not answer the questions?

QFT
Zurechial 10th May 2007, 20:10 Quote
That's great to see, I was worried about AMD's future, but it looks as though the market will be properly competitive again later in the year and next year.

Since I just ordered my C2D E6600 this week, it won't affect me much as a direct consumer until sometime in late 2008 at the earliest, but it's always good to see the underdog getting a second wind and putting up a good fight :D
Miser 10th May 2007, 23:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Zurechial
That's great to see, I was worried about AMD's future, but it looks as though the market will be properly competitive again later in the year and next year.

Since I just ordered my C2D E6600 this week, it won't affect me much as a direct consumer until sometime in late 2008 at the earliest, but it's always good to see the underdog getting a second wind and putting up a good fight :D
Meh, AMD has had 10 months since C2D to get something out to amuse me but they haven't even engrained the codenames into my brain yet. 65nm and 4x4 - not good enough. You would think they would want to say something substantial enough to delay my purchase of an Allendale. If I had the money and was in the market, I would have one yesterday, even if AMD had something NEXT MONTH. I'm sorry, I love AMD, but the only compelling products they have now is their 35W X2 3800 and high clock A64s. :(
Spaceraver 10th May 2007, 23:34 Quote
Prices.. High or low?? They have to cut them to compete, but if they cut too deep, AMD will not heal that wound again. Sadly enough.. I so want one tho. And maybe try their new GPU too... If i can find a better control panel than the Catalyst. Gives me the serious creeps the way it is laid out atm.
1e8o 11th May 2007, 00:29 Quote
Realy awesome, AMD is getting back in buisness.
I know what my next system is going to be ;)
zhangmaster12 11th May 2007, 03:35 Quote
i hope its better than penryn, competition is good, and because ive always wanted an amd rig ;)
Bladestorm 11th May 2007, 03:45 Quote
I dont think they were ever out of it, just perhaps taken a little by surprise at just how good C2D turned out to be.

I find all the people proclaiming doom and companys going down in smoke to be rather interesting, given AMD was the underdog for most of its history and still grew steadily and its still in a better position today than it has been for a long time (OEM's actually buy there chips now, omg!)

I cant say it effects me too much one way or the other though, barring new processors coming out at 10x the power for 1/10 the cost I wont be looking at a new motherboard/processor till probably late 2008/early 2009, later if I think I can get away with it.
The_Beast 11th May 2007, 03:52 Quote
I would still rather have a C2D
r4tch3t 11th May 2007, 08:24 Quote
Hmm, that is a good thing then, Native Quad core for me.
Buzzons 11th May 2007, 09:48 Quote
clearly this is just cheating (adding another CPU to your motherboard) not only does it increase costs (2cpus) but power and heat as well!

It also doesnt seem to allow 4DIMMS per CPU - like opertons/xeons so what is the benifit of these over a PROPER SMP box?
JADS 11th May 2007, 10:57 Quote
I'll grant them that it does look very impressive, but maybe they should actually get round to launching something sometime soon :)?
identikit 11th May 2007, 11:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Buzzons
clearly this is just cheating (adding another CPU to your motherboard) not only does it increase costs (2cpus) but power and heat as well!

It also doesnt seem to allow 4DIMMS per CPU - like opertons/xeons so what is the benifit of these over a PROPER SMP box?

It's the same principal of their "4x4" FX70 system. Which is stupid because that's 2 CPUs with 2 cores so they should have named it 2x2.
Buzzons 11th May 2007, 12:13 Quote
well all intel has to do to beat that is allow two quad core corequads on a board.. or just let people run xeons.. oh wait...??!?!?

I mean WTF, if you want to go dual cpu, at least get a proper server side setup that lets each cpu address its own memory...

Intel have been offering dual cpus for ages, (dual P2 anyone??!) so how is this AMDs brainchild to try to make them seem amazing? doubling the CPU count.. NOWAI!! makes it go faster!!.. Funny thing would be if the new 45nm Cores beat the 4x4 setup .. that would be darn funny... buy 2 cpus and get worse performance than... 1 CPU!

ooo
identikit 11th May 2007, 12:38 Quote
There's an obvious difference in server and workstation and desktop computing. 2 CPUs aren't your typical consumer product. Buzzons you're quite misinformed about why you would want/need 2 physical CPUs.

Edit: People know that AMDs first 4x4 (2 CPUs, 2 cores) iteration was slower than Intels C2Q (1 CPU, 4 cores). This was a simple fact, that AMDs FX chips were not meant to be used in an traditional SMP configuration. AMD has only showcased the newer 4x4 because it now features 8 cores. Of course you could go out and buy a Dual Xeon with quad core CPUs, but how many average Joes do? Dual CPUs are for servers, workstations and enthusiasts (with too much money?!).
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