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The gang at HKEPC have received final word from their sources regarding the dramatic price cuts AMD will be using to compete with Intel's new Conroe CPU. As of July 24th, AMD will be dropping the price of its current flagship Athlon 64 FX-62 CPU an impressive 22.5% brining the total cost down from $999 to $799. Even more impressively, we find the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ dropping from $649 to an unbelievable $282! Not content to fight Intel simply with cost, AMD will debut the first 3GHz K8 CPU with the launch of the Athlon 64 FX-64 in Q4 this year. Rounding out the last of the K8 processor family, the Athlon 64 FX-66 will be released sometime in Q3 2007 and will be the last flagship processor... Read more...
We've been hard at work in the labs again here at HotHardware, putting AMD's latest installment of CPUs for the AM2 platform, through the wringer.  This time the focus is on "Energy Efficient" processors, as AMD likes to call them.   Here we have a look at the 65W EE Athlon 64 4600  running flat out at 100% CPU utilization and its 1.14 voltage settings by default. We've also gotten our hands on a 35 Watt efficient 3800+ dual core CPU as well.  We'll have full details on the performance, heat, power and noise characteristics of these new chips, in the days ahead.  Don't touch that dial!... Read more...
AMD Begins First Revenue Shipments of AMD64 Products Manufactured At Chartered Delivering on its customer-centric strategy of flex capacity, AMD starts on-plan, on-time startup of volume production at Chartered Sunnyvale, CA: July 13, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced that in June it began its first revenue shipments of AMD64 processors manufactured at Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing in Singapore. AMD and Chartered ramped 300mm production at Fab 7 in record time, hitting all major milestones and starting production at mature yields. Initial shipments out of Chartered consisted of microprocessors manufactured on 90nm process technology. The ramp of volume production at Chartered combined... Read more...
HKEPC reports that AMD will launch FX-64 during the last quarter of this year. What's even more interesting is AMD's plan to make the entire Athlon 64 X2 line of processors available in a 65W version by Q3. Existing models will come in 65W and 89W flavors but the 5200+ will only be available in the 65W variety. "According to the latest roadmap of AMD, 65W TDP and the normal version are merged together, product in 5200+ or lower are all 65W TDP, while Athlon 64 FX 5400+(2.8GHz/512KBx2 L2) and 5600+(2.8GHz/1MBx2 L2) coming in 2007 Q1 are still kept at 89W TDP."  ... Read more...
Digitimes reports that their industry sources have indicated that consumers will not see AMD's upcoming K8L CPU's until 2008. Equipped with memory controllers for both DDR2 and DDR3, the K8L CPU's will be supported on both Socket AM2 and Socket AM3 platforms. With Intel's Core 2 Duo (Conroe) processor about to launch, it appears as though AMD will be fighting for market share using pricing and the enthusiast-aimed 4x4 platform. Time will tell whether AMD will be able to fend off Intel's latest efforts to recapture the performance crown in gaming or if the company will be counting down the days until 2008. "In addition to the Athlon 64 X2, the production of AMD dual-core Athlon... Read more...
AMD head honcho, Hector Ruiz reported late last week that sales have begun to soften for the company known as "David" to Intel's "Goliath" legacy. "...The question now is whether this is part of a seasonal slide--the second quarter is traditionally weak for semiconductor companies--or the effect of a nasty price war initiated by chip king Intel after AMD began to eat into its market share. Investors, who earlier in the year flocked to AMD, no longer seem interested in sticking around to find out how the story plays out. " At this point, we think it's too early to say whether or not some of this is related to the speculation that Intel will have significantly stronger... Read more...
AMD ANNOUNCES ESTIMATED SALES FOR SECOND QUARTER SUNNYVALE, Calif. - July 6, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that sales for the second quarter ended July 2, 2006 are expected to be approximately $1.215 billion - a 52 percent increase compared to the second quarter of 2005[1] and a nine percent decline compared to the first quarter of 2006. The company's prior guidance for the second quarter anticipated overall sales to be flat to slightly down seasonally from the first quarter of 2006. Record AMD OpteronTM processor sales were driven by continued strong demand for single-, dual- and multi-socket configurations for servers and workstations. Sales of entry-level and mainstream mobile... Read more...
By now you all know that Intel's Core 2 Duo "Conroe" processors are on the horizon, and that they've been performing very well. According to The Inquirer AMD has incorporated some new technology in their AM2 platform that will give them a big boost in performance in some circumstances. "THE LAUNCH OF Intel Conroe is scheduled to go on July 23rd, when partners will start rolling out the new products. The NDA for reviews is scheduled to expire around July 28th. However, AMD has a counter-attack weapon hidden in its Socket AM2 infrastructure. It seems that all AM2 CPUs were outfitted with a support for Reverse-HyperThreading,... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that MSI is claiming AMD will play a major role in the company's 2H motherboard sales. With the vast majority of the industry focusing on Intel's new Conroe desktop processor due to some exceptional performance gains, it is somewhat surprising to hear MSI giving AMD so much attention. Then again, the widely publicized price cuts AMD plans for the launch of Conroe could very well drive a great deal of traffic towards AMD's side. Wu stressed that the adjusted CPU lineup prices of Intel Pentium D, Pentium 4 and Celeron CPU lineup do not differ much with AMD's lineup. In addition, she highlighted that the performance and price (P/P) ratio of... Read more...
It's that time again. The ongoing "AMD vs. Intel" battle is gearing up, and as usual, there's no telling which way it will go. For some time now, AMD has been the processor of choice among enthusiasts, and that's unlikely to be challenged until Intel's 'Conroe' processor is up and about. "Age has mellowed my thirst for speed, and my upgrade schedule has slowed to a yearly pace, but that doesn't mean I'm settling for any less. To fit into this leisurely schedule I've had to focus a bit more on evolving technologies, and do my best to avoid the lemons and technological evolutionary branches which aren't going... Read more...
More price cuts are on the way from AMD, covering it's entire product line. Four models of the single-core Athlon 64 line are expected to receive a 20-30% price cut, and later on in July, AMD's Dual-core Athlon 64 series will receive price cuts of 25-50%. Even their Sempron line is getting cheaper. "AMD will launch a pricing campaign later this month, covering the full range of its product line, in head-to-head rivalry with Intel, which is expected to lower the prices for its processors in July, according to sources with motherboard makers."  ... Read more...
The AMD/ATI merger is still the hot rumor floating around the net at the moment. While it's still just educated speculations for the most part, it's just too big of an issue to let go unnoticed. "Last week at Computex, however, Intel allegedly began telling folks behind closed doors that AMD is planning to acquire ATI. This news came courtesy of Tweaktown, who cited a "trusted and reliable anonymous source" for the claim. It wasn't clear from Tweaktown's report if Intel itself had heard a rumor to this effect, or if the company was reading the same tea leaves as the RBC Capital Markets analysts in the Forbes article and coming to... Read more...
All the talk lately has been focused around Computex. Today, Virtual Hideout gives you the scoop on the AMD Tech Tour 2006 that took place in Seattle. Companies such as Nvidia, ATI, Creative, Microsoft, and of course AMD were all displaying their latest goodies. Take a look at the photos and write up of this event here. AMD and Microsoft put some heart and soul in to this event with the mind set of showing us new applications and new ideas. It was a great event really. You get to mingle with some great minds and really nice people. When your profession deals with technology and people, you have to have heart and soul.... Read more...
While some may be brushing off reports of an ATI/AMD merger as just rumor, Intel seems to be taking it a little more seriously. If rumor turns into fact though, we're going to see one heck of a chip producing powerhouse. "If you sit back and consider the facts for a minute, it all seems very logical. If the merger was to go ahead, it could affect ATI's most direct competitor (nVidia) a lot - the merger would create a company who has the capacity to create good CPU's, good chipsets and good GPU's. By combining their resources, it opens things up for AMD and ATI to really take on Intel and nVidia in a big way and increase their market share in a range of different product segments."... Read more...
We spent some time in conference with AMD during their analyst call last week and for sure they are working real hard to keep Intel at bay, providing further innovation and continuing engineering on their existing platforms.  RealWorld Tech has a perspective as well, with respect to what AMD is conjuring for their roadmap efforts. AMD's spring analyst day presented a lot of news on future plans, products and focus areas at the company. The most interesting part was a nice preview of the next generation K8 microprocessor. The K8L, as it has been dubbed, is a strong incremental improvement over the 65nm shrink of the K8. There will be several changes to the microarchitecture, most... Read more...
AMD envisions a "4x4" platform as being the next big step in enthusiast computing. With a dual-socket & dual-core capable motherboard, you'll certainly be getting every drop of performance out of Nvidia's and ATI's top of the line dual card solutions. Well, actually that's thinking a bit small. How about dual-GPU video cards in SLI or CrossFire? The 4x4 platform. "What you are seeing here is a dual-processor system board platform, each using dual-core processors for a total of four logical cores in a single computer. Also included on this slide is the introduction of dual-GPU video cards, similar to what... Read more...
It seems Wall Street is buzzing today with rumors that AMD may be looking to merge with ATI. We won't speculate much because rumors like this tend to circulate every few months and nothing happens. But is an AMD & ATI merger possible?  Possible - Yes.  Likely - No. Advanced Micro Devices may be looking to buy graphics company ATI Technologies, a move that would benefit the overall graphics industry, according to RBC Capital Markets. "The synergies of this seem consistent with the recent announcements by AMD to significantly increase capacity over the next few-years," wrote analyst Apjit Walia in a note to investors Wednesday.... Read more...
AMD Cranks Up The Volume On Digital Entertainment With The AMD Live!TM Pc SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- May 31, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today the next milestone in digital entertainment with the AMD LIVE!TM PC - a full-featured, easy-to-use media center PC, designed to enable consumers to organize, distribute, share, and enjoy their content collection throughout the home and on the go. Leading OEMs including Acer, Alienware, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Gateway, HP, Sahara, and Tsinghua Tongfang, as well as system builders in North America, Western Europe, and China, will have AMD LIVE! PCs, powered by the award-winning AMD AthlonTM 64 X2 dual-core processor, starting in June. The AMD LIVE! Entertainment... Read more...
Athlon Rumor Mill has posted some exceptional information regarding AMD's upcoming Rev G processors. Somehow, the editor managed to obtain die shots of both a current Revision F processor as well as an upcoming Revision G CPU. An animated clip overlays the two images and reveals the fact that there are some significant architectural changes. The wild card here is the use of two different stains in the die shots, a fact which can make the same objects look radically different. Regardless, the animation does seem to hint at some major changes though we'll wait for official word from AMD before we dive further into this rumor.... Read more...
Now that we've had ample time to digest the performance numbers from AMD's new Socket AM2, it's time to take a closer look at the differences between DDR1 and DDR2. In order to get as close to an apples to apples comparison as you can get, Hardware Zone has overclocked an Athlon 64 FX-60(S939) to 2.8GHz and benchmarks it against AMD's Athlon 64 FX-62(AM2) and Athlon 64 X2 5000+(AM2) processor. "Remember, at a clock speed of 2.8GHz, the FX-60 is almost identical to the new FX-62 processor, with the exception that the former uses DDR memory while the FX-62 obviously uses DDR2 memory. In essence, this is an FX-62 on Socket-939 versus... Read more...
Market share is the name of the game in the Computing industry and AMD has been slowly chipping away at Intel's market share over the past few years, with the release of faster Desktop processor cores with significantly better performance per watt, clock-cycle and dollar.  AMD's performance advantage also has allowed the company to further expand market share in the Enterprise Server arena, as was recently ear-marked by Dell's announcement of an Opteron-based product line during their recent earnings call. Not to mention Sun's successes in the same market space with their Opteron-based Workstations and Servers. AMD has seemingly pulled off the impossible and has... Read more...
The title speaks volumes and it's a lengthy one indeed. AMD's new DDR2 infused platform is here, in concert with new chipset offerings from NVIDIA and ATI.  Swing on by for a look...   And Digg on it here please to spread the word to others.  ... Read more...
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