Last week, we reported on rumors that AMD has changed the clock speeds for its two fastest upcoming Phenom processors—the 9600 and 9700—from 2.4GHz and 2.6GHz to 2.3GHz and 2.4GHz, respectively. A new report by DigiTimes echoes this information and adds that AMD won't be able to roll out a 2.6GHz part before next year.
Quoting information from its sources at Taiwanese motherboard manufacturers, DigiTimes' report also adds that only two chips will launch on Phenom's expected November 19 debut: the 2.2GHz Phenom 9500 and the 2.3GHz Phenom 9600. The report says AMD won't introduce the 2.4GHz Phenom 9700 until December, contradicting earlier rumors that said the chip would roll out on November 19 along with its two slower siblings.
As far as pricing goes, 2.2 and 2.4GHz Phenom chips will supposedly have respective launch price tags of $280 and $320. Those prices coincide with early e-tail listings we linked to earlier this week. However, DigiTimes goes on to say that prices for the two chips may go as low as $250 and $270 for "some channels and OEMs."
If this latest report is accurate, it suggests AMD is having trouble ramping clock speeds on its latest quad-core parts. The company already stated last month that, although it wasn't having yield problems, it still needed to "tune the design to the technology" in order to ramp production.
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