14th January 2008

AMD officially delays higher speed Phenom quad core, pushes up release of tri-core and energy-efficient quad-core CPUs

posted by Eric C. in Hardware, Processors |

The rumor that AMD was planning to delaying the B3 stepping Phenom 9700 (2.4GHz) and 9900 (2.6GHz) from Q1 2008 to Q2 2008 has been substantiated, as AMD officially stated recently that they are pushing back the release of these new higher speed quad-core CPUs. AMD also reiterated that the B3 stepping does in fact fix the TLB erratum, since some news items were stating that it did not. AMD listed reseller/OEM input as the reason for the change in priorities, saying that OEMs wanted the tri-core and energy-efficient quad-core CPUs. AMD is keeping the Q1 2008 release of the triple-core Phenom CPUs and pushing up the release of the Phenom 9100E, the energy-efficient 65w quad-core from Q2 2008 to Q1. TechReport is saying that AMD will first release B3 stepping Opterons and will follow with B3 stepping Phenom parts, so the Phenom 9550 (2.2GHz) and 9650 (2.3GHz) will probably be pushed back to Q2 as well. The Phenom 9550 and 9650 are B3 stepping quad-core CPUs running at the same speeds as the currently released Phenoms. It does makes sense for AMD to focus on B3 stepping Opterons since server CPUs are higher margin and AMD currently has no quad-core server chips on the market because they pulled the B2 stepping ‘Barcelona’ quad-core Opterons because of the TLB erratum.

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