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AMD Quad Core CPUs arrive in August

AMD Quad Core CPUs arrive in August

Some of AMD's Quad Core CPUs will arrive in August

AMD today announced that its native quad core processors, codenamed Barcelona, will be available starting in August. Of course, that's Opteron chips, mind you, there's no mention of desktop processors in the release.

The first available chips will arrive in frequencies of up to 2.0GHz (Code: 2350) and will come in both standard and low-power models. AMD is expecting to get the clock speeds ramped up to 2.5GHz by Q4 this year, though, for those of you itching for some high-speed Opteron action by Chrimbo.

AMD states that its "Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors can deliver significant performance and performance-per-watt enhancements over existing processor architectures yet are designed to be backwards compatible with existing AMD Opteron platforms." The processors will launch on an AM2+ socket, which is backwards compatible to current AM2 boards - although that will reduce their HyperTransport frequency and native power regulation functions.

As always, we'll remain sceptical until we get one in our own labs to test. It's likely that four cores won't benefit everyone, but the performance enhancements should certainly be a step in the right direction. Intel's 45nm Penryn will be due by then, so we'll see how much of a difference the idea of native quad-core really makes.

Excited about AMD's new wares? Or just want to stick to your Core 2s? Drop us some comments over here.

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Techno-Dann 29th June 2007, 18:49 Quote
Looking forward to this... I'm planning my next system to be a drop-in upgrade to an AM2+ Barcelona.
RedDethX 29th June 2007, 18:54 Quote
Awesome!:D
coniferous 29th June 2007, 19:01 Quote
I'm really hoping that more games become multi threaded, I know its not straightforward for the programmers - but if processor development keeps on heading in this direction...

I thought AMD was creating a technology where it would figure out a way to let one thread's math be spread accross two cores? Was i loosing it?
teamtd11 29th June 2007, 19:04 Quote
A new AMD chipset motherboard, then 1 of these babys. i can't wateB)
Buzzons 29th June 2007, 19:07 Quote
surly comparing the opterons to the C2D range is a bit stupid? it should be compared to the clovertown xeons (Xeon 53XX) series, which are already quad core etc etc, as well as the upcomming (when ever it is??) release of the one after clovertown based around the 45nm core and on die memory controller (much like the new Itaniums from intel)
Amon 29th June 2007, 19:19 Quote
Now I have got to see Barcelona's performance claims substantiated in the enterprise world. AMD's primary market, it appears, is the server market. If the Barcelona is as big of a success as Sledgehammer and Barton (oh, we remember the wildfire popularity they caused in the enterprise world), we could should be in for one hell of a ride come the Agena derivatives!
Bindibadgi 29th June 2007, 19:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Buzzons
surly comparing the opterons to the C2D range is a bit stupid? it should be compared to the clovertown xeons (Xeon 53XX) series, which are already quad core etc etc, as well as the upcomming (when ever it is??) release of the one after clovertown based around the 45nm core and on die memory controller (much like the new Itaniums from intel)

The press release just mentions Opterons, but Phenoms should be around the same time. Either/Or, they are both Barcelona and it will directly compete with Intel's Quad Cores.

On die memory for Intel isn't expect until Nehalem next summer.
KMS-oul 29th June 2007, 19:45 Quote
Cant wait to see these tested and hopefully they will live to the hype. However I'll prob end up getting a Quad core 2 when the price drop happens soon.
-EVRE- 29th June 2007, 19:49 Quote
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Or just want to stick to your Core 2's?

NOT everyone runs Intel!
Phil Rhodes 29th June 2007, 20:29 Quote
I run Premiere and After Effects all the time, both of which are fully multi-threaded.

Mmmmmm. Bacon.

Phil
DrFreeze 29th June 2007, 20:45 Quote
what i want to know is... what will these things end up costing on launch?

if i can pick up a Q6600 for ~€266 from the 22nd of july, then what will a 2.0 GHz quad core amd cost me in august? The way i figure there is no way AMD can compete on price/performance with intel, even with barcelona. If 2.0 is the best they can do in august, they would have to sell their top end desktop chips for ~$250 for them to come close to being competetive with intel.

Either way, if they do end up launching at low-low prices, and performance doesnt end up sucking, i might not get a Q6600 and switch back to AMD instead, but im not holding my breath
Buzzons 29th June 2007, 22:17 Quote
Bindi, dont the current/soon to be done Itaniums have onboard memory controllers? Also, does Nahlem actuall conform to the 45nm shrink / 8 cores etc?
Tulatin 29th June 2007, 23:30 Quote
I make no speculations for or against it - as the men over at XS says - one thing matters, performance. If it gets asshandled, then it'll be a laughing stock like the HD2900s. If it dominates, than this will be just like when the Core 2's crashed the AMD64 scene.
pumpman 29th June 2007, 23:40 Quote
it is supposed to be more energy efficient though and cooler than c2d which in business enviroment would be good and green too
EQC 29th June 2007, 23:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by coniferous

I thought AMD was creating a technology where it would figure out a way to let one thread's math be spread accross two cores? Was i loosing it?

you're not losing it...i remember that rumor too. I think, though, soon after the rumor surfaced, AMD made a statement saying that it was false.
Fiber4now 30th June 2007, 02:21 Quote
I believe you are speaking of reverse hyperthreading where some one claimed AMD was working on a process that would allow a fully working logic unit to dump some of the executions to idle logic units. All most the same thing that Intel was doing with Hyperthreading but Intel added logic units to do so.

What you are describing is fine multithreading where software is written to divide the workload between core equally. fine multithreading such as the Povray test can take advantage of more than one core and the work output scales. Scaling means that instead of doing the work of 100% of the single cores clock cycles dual cores or more can do 200% of the work that a single core can do.
devdevil85 2nd July 2007, 18:30 Quote
45nm Phenom sounds like a good jump for me......cause I've got 90nm right now.... man do I love Moore's Law!
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