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Daniel ~ 8th January, 2009 06:17 PM

AMD to Announce Phenom 2 This Thursday
Written by Daniel
Thursday, 08 January 2009

AMD is looking to take another shot at market leader Intel
Jason Mick (Blog) - January 7, 2009 4:20 PM

With Intel's 45 nm Penryn dominating three and four core Phenom offerings, chipmaker AMD is desperate to do anything it can to cut into Intel's lead.

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raphael2040 8th January, 2009 09:29 PM

Two words.


Gizmo 9th January, 2009 05:58 PM


Originally Posted by raphael2040 (Post 487694)
Two words.


Err.............that's one word, and less you pronounce it with a southern drawl...... :D

The info I've been seeing on the Phenom II indicates that for most things, it's in the ball park of the Core2. While that's a definite improvement, it's not a game changer, and compared to the Core i7, it seems to still be lagging significantly.

In addition to that, the Deneb cores are larger than the Penryn cores (used in the Core2Quads from Intel), but sell for slightly less. Finally, the Phenom II is still relatively power hungry compared to the Intel offerings.

In other words, AMD are having to target the value-conscious crowd, but are doing so by having a part that (at least on the surface) appears more expensive to manufacture than the competitors part. Now, it may be that AMD's yields on these new parts are better than Intel's yields, but I would tend to doubt that. Intel have been in the manufacturing business a long time too.

Daniel ~ 9th January, 2009 07:53 PM

I think at this point...Intel is waiting for AMD at every turn...still helps keep ChipZillia in line!

cloasters 10th January, 2009 02:16 AM

Even though AMD wields an unimpressive whip, it still cracks loudly enough to make Intel look over its shoulder. Sigh.

Yo Spiff 20th January, 2009 10:37 PM

I tend to stay 18-24 months behind the bleeding edge and have been building my systems with AMD since the 386/40. I guess I'm one of that "value conscious crowd". I'm a bit of an AMD fanboy if such a thing exists.

Daniel ~ 20th January, 2009 10:49 PM

Your not alone Yo Spiff. Many including me are and/or have been have been AMD fans. NO ONE with any sense wants to see them go away. Yet the little guy has got to bring it with him when he comes if he hopes to survive....yes?

TrevorS 26th January, 2009 01:45 AM

I really enjoyed that heady period when the X2 reigned supreme (although brief), however I can't say I was thrilled about the chip prices. I find it easier to be an AMD fan when they're not in the lead (sorry AMD :)!)

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