AMD Shipping Phenom B3s

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News Posted: Wed, Mar 12 2008 5:23 PM
After numerous delays the Phenom finally shipped late last year, but suffered an immediate set back due to the TLB errata issue.  This certainly didn't help AMD pull off a stellar launch, but the issue has been fixed in the new B3 series K10 CPUs.

“In addition to fixing the TLB race condition, AMD will finally increase the core frequency of the Opteron series on the B3 stepping.  After the initial OEM orders are filled, channel vendors like Newegg and TigerDirect will carry the new Opterons in frequencies ranging from 1.8 GHz to 2.4 GHz.  Vendor estimates put this e-tailer ship date in early April.”

The Barcelona K10s might end up with a relatively short lifespan as rumors persist that the upgraded 45nm K10, codenamed Shanghai, will ship later this year.
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mazuki replied on Wed, Mar 12 2008 8:27 PM
we'll see what price range they come in at, 2.4ghz amd is not bad at all
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Kamrooz replied on Wed, Mar 12 2008 8:55 PM

There are no performance increases at all with these new b3's. Still the same old stuff, but the eratta is now fixed....Amd doesn't have much time before Nehalem is released...Also, considering intel is moving up their Bloomfield Nehalem processors to Q3 2008 (Pre-emptive strike to completely shut down the want for Shanghai), AMd is in big trouble. 

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^Bad_Boy^ replied on Thu, Mar 13 2008 12:28 PM
I still have my faith in AMD :)

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RIZAX replied on Thu, Mar 13 2008 2:22 PM
I too still have faith in AMD pulling a rabbit out of there you know where...
Right now the name of the game is speed and first to market and there lagging.
I soooo want a phenom it makes no sense, but if they don't do something about these chips I'm going to end up on a Q(insert latest Intel code) something. The biggest problem that AMD has facing it, along with the 800 pound gorilla is that alot of AMD early adopters (I include myself) still feel the pain of the Socket 700 - 900 flip flopping that left some with useless hardware (personally I have 1 extra processor and 3 extra boards)....and we don't want to be burned again.
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frg1 replied on Thu, Mar 13 2008 2:26 PM

 i think we all want to see amd with a good product before the year is out

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AjayD replied on Thu, Mar 13 2008 7:19 PM
With AMD it always seems to be too little, too late. As Kamrooz said, these B3's aren't any better. AMD's efforts would have been better spent getting Shanghai to market so they could compete in the 45nm game. For the time being Intel has got a strangle hold on the market until AMD is through playing catch up.


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methious replied on Sat, Mar 15 2008 4:07 AM

Amd has some serious catching up to do that's for sure.  I'm still sitting on an AMD and for every thing I do I don't notice any lag or drag.  Most of the games I run don't even get close to 75% utilization of both cores, and that's only in heavy games.  Getting mileage like that I'm probably going to wait and see what comes with Intels platform change, and what happens with the 65nm quad prices when they switch out. 

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