AMD Cuts Prices on Desktop CPUs

AMD must be feeling quite a bit of pressure from Intel and have decided to cut prices of their desktop CPUs again. The price cuts are between 5-28% depending on the model.

Here is a rundown of the new pricing (for 1000-unit tray quantities)

$220 – Athlon 64 X2 6400+
$167 – Athlon 64 X2 6000+
$146 – Athlon 64 X2 5600+
$125 – Athlon 64 X2 5200+
$136 – Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition
$115 – Athlon 64 X2 5000+
$104 – Athlon 64 X2 4800+
$89 – Athlon 64 X2 4400+
$78 – Athlon 64 X2 4200+
$68 – Athlon 64 X2 4000+
$58 – Athlon 64 4000+
$50 – Athlon 64 3800+
$45 – Athlon 64 3500+

As of writing this you can pick up a dual core Athlon 64 4000+ on for $70, INCREDIBLE.

AMD isn’t looking so good, the Athlon processors are seeming quite ancient next to the Core 2 Duos from Intel. I’m really hoping that the Phenom will put up a better fight. I’ve always loved AMD and I used to say that I would never buy a computer with an Intel processor in it, I have since purchased a Mac and because of the Core 2 Duos I’ve realized that that was a stupid thing to say. I would love to go back to AMD but I won’t unless they start to kick it up a notch.

(I understand that I can’t get AMD in a Mac but I occassionally build systems for family members and currently I would suggest Intel, but I would rather select AMD, AMD just needs to get a bit better at it)

AMD Launches Second “Black Edition” CPU

AMD has launched there second “Black Edition” processor, the Athlon 64 X2 5000+. The processor is quite a bit cheaper then the 6400+ Black Edition processor that launched last month, it is priced at $136 in distributor-volume 1,000-unit quantities.

This is the first processor in its class shipped by AMD that has a customizable clock multiplier, “which enables amateurs and value-conscious enthusiasts to maximize the performance of their desktop computers,” AMD said.

I think that the “Black Edition” processors are obviously just a marketing gimmick that won’t last too long. Although I do think that the unlocked multiplier is great for hardcore and casual overclockers alike.

Intel’s Core 2 Extreme X7900 In The Wild

Intel and AMD both seem to be evolving pretty well, with faster processors coming out every few months. The latest high end laptop processor from Intel was spotted by Techware Labs, they were able to throw it in a computer and do some bookmarks on it.

This isn’t that interesting, we all know what to expect, slight improvements over the last high end model and not much else to say. I will say that I would love to see one of these in a Mac laptop, that is something I would love to get my hands on, it is just a dream but heck, I can dream can’t I?

Techware Labs

AMD Barcelona Launch Day

Expect to see a lot of news about AMD’s Barcelona processor. Today, the information given to all of the media is no longer embargoed.

Check out some of the early news at the following:
PC Perspective – AMD Barcelona Opteron Processor Launch Is Upon Us
PC Perspective – AMD Introduces the World’s Most Advanced x86 Processor
AnandTech: AMD Phenom Preview: Barcelona Desktop Benchmarks
AnandTech: AMD’s Quad-Core Barcelona: Defending New Territory

The processor is clocked at 2.0GHz and is showing about a 20% improvement over K8. This is just a taste of what we should expect later on this year on the desktop with AMD Phenom. Phenom will be even faster then these chips, it will be clocked at around 2.5GHz. I’m personally excited, and really hoping that this will compete with Intel a little bit better then the older Opteron and Athlon processors.

Update: Here is some more links to Barcelona news:
Extremetech – AMD’s ‘Barcelona” Chips Claim Performance Advantages
Arstechnica – Barcelona’s out, and the “reviews” are… out
Cnet – AMD’s Barcelona not a savior, yet

AMD Prices Barcelona Chips

AMD’s Barcelona chips should be showing up on Sep. 10th. These new Quad-Core chips should be quite a bit faster then the previous Opteron chips.

The pricing is as follows:
2350, 2.0 GHz, 95W, $372
2347, 1.9GHz, 95W, $312
2347 HE, 1.9GHz, 68W, $372
2346 HE, 1.8GHz, 68W, $251
2344 HE, 1.7GHz, 68W, $206
8350, 2.0GHz, 95W, $1004
8347, 1.9GHz, 95W, $774
8347 HE, 1.9GHz, 68W, $861
8346 HE, 1.8GHz, 68W, $688

I have high hopes for these chips, they will really give us a taste of what to expect from the Phenom processors coming out later this year. I just hope that Intel’s Tigerton doesn’t out perform it.

Barcelona Reaches 30,000+ in 3DMark06

theInquirer was able to have some time with a Barcelona chip recently. It was paired with 4GB of memory and two Radeon HD 2900XT. The chip ran at 2.5GHz stock and they overclocked it to 3GHz. The two Radeon cards were overclocked to 830MHz for the core and 900MHz for the memory.

When they ran 3DMark06 on the system without an overclock they were able to score 23,768. After the overclocked it came to 30,031.

Barcelona is coming out to be quite the performer and I can’t wait for the chip to come out. I’m, of course, more excited about Phenom a month or two afterwards but Barcelona is going to tell us what to expect from Phenom.

Another thing found out by theInquirer is that AMD Barcelona has a few GB/s of memory bandwidth more then any Intel offering which is GREAT. Especially since Barcelona is on DDR2-800 and is still faster then any DDR3 offering. AMD seems to be smart in this transition from DDR2 to DDR3 like they were with the transition from DDR to DDR2. DDR3 doesn’t yet have any advantage over DDR2 except for the marketing benefits of having a larger number in its name.


AMD Phenom Logo

Back in June I showed you all a picture of the Phenom Logo, well it was quite small and was a sticker on the side of a Indy car. But this time I have the actual logo. What will be slapped on every box that has a Phenom processor on it. Get used to it because I have a feeling you will see it everywhere right after the processor ships in a few months.


Intel’s Penryn to Reach 4GHz

Intel’s Penryn offering will be quite enticing to those in the know about technology. According to a Softpedia article, Intel said that the Penryn class may reach beyond 4GHz. Amazing.

Intel is really destroying AMD and the Penryn processors are no joke, they are 45nm parts and are very good at power management and speed. AMD’s only hope at this point is for their Quad-Core Barcelona chips to bring what AMD is promising.

We will see next month how AMD does and shortly after we should see how Intel does with their Penryn CPU’s.

AMD Announces Athlon 64 X2 6400+

AMD has announced the Athlon 64 X2 6400+ “Black Edition.” This is expected to be the last 90nm dual-core processors. The processor clocks in at 3.2GHz with 2MB of L2 cache and a thermal design power of 125Watts in the Socket AM2.

The “Black Edition” part of its name isn’t exactly easily explainable especially since I haven’t seen any information saying exactly what it is for sure however I did read on TG Daily that they believe that the “Black Edition” name means that the processor may be in limited production.

I mentioned the Athlon 6400+ last month, saying that it was most likely a filler between the current Athlon processors and the upcoming Phenom processors, the idea that this will be in limited production affirms that idea.

The Athlon 64 X2 6400+ should be showing up in retail for about $240 at the end of this month.

See some pictures here

Barcelona Launching September 10

AMD’s much anticipated Barelona Quad-Core processors will finally be launching on September 10th. AMD has achieved yields as high as they have with their dual-core processors so they expect to have good availability only a few days after the launch party.

The first processors based on Barcelona will be available at 2.0GHz but faster chips will be available soon afterwards. The desktop version of Barcelona which is named Phenom will be available in the 4th quarter of this year.

This is great news for AMD because they have been behind Intel for quite sometime now. I think it was extremely important for AMD to launch these quad-cores before the end of this year and certainly the Phenom chips by Christmas time. With it being available before Christmas, shoppers will undoubtedly be told by computer ads featuring AMD processors that AMD is the only one with “true quad-core processors,” a great way to market of course.

I really hope that these chips perform, if they don’t AMD is in real trouble.

Read More about it at ExtremeTech

AMD Starts Website Against Intel

“AMD Break Free” is a new site that AMD just opened. When you go to this site you get a splash screen that says “European Commission Reveals the Truth About Intel.” This seems to be a campaign against Intel regarding a “monopoly.”Now I don’t know enough about the hard numbers to say whether or not Intel is a monopoly or not, but I can say that they are much more dominant then AMD is.I suggest you head there and read some of the stuff so you can draw your own conclusions but I’ll throw some quotes out for you that they have posted.

“Intel extracted monopoly profits from the sale of microprocessors of approximately $60 billion in the period 1996 – 2006.” — Dr. Michael Williams, former U.S. Department of Justice economist (Aug. 2, 2007)“It may rub some people the wrong way to give a single vendor credit for anything, but without AMD there would be no price pressure on Intel, dual-core processors would still be a year away and the low-cost powerful desktops and servers from Sun, IBM and HP that are on the market today would still be on Intel’s 2007 product road map.” — eWeek “10 Thankful Things in IT for 2006” (Nov. 22, 2006)“[Intel] has spent billions of dollars on ill-fated forays in both computing and communications…Its predicament is so serious that it is cutting $1 billion in costs and may sell unprofitable parts of its business.” — The San Jose Mercury News (June 11, 2006)

AMD Break Free