AMD's Socket F Opterons delayed?
On the eve of Computex, The Inquirer has received word in the trade
show's host city of Taipei that AMD's Socket F Opterons have been delayed
until August. The new chips, which will bring 1,207-pin land grid
array-style sockets and DDR2 memory support to AMD's workstation and
server line, were previously expected on July 11. However, The Inq says they now
won't show up until "at least a month" later than anticipated, adding
that even this new time frame is "by no means firm" and could slip
even further. When asked about reasons for the delay, several
motherboard vendors assured The Inquirer that they were not responsible
for the setback and that their Socket F products were ready now.
If these reports are genuine, AMD's new Opterons could show up over two
months later than Intel's Core-based "Woodcrest" Xeons, which are
reportedly due out in just two weeks.
Based on our first-hand
look at Woodcrest, this rumored setback could take the performance
crown away from AMD for much of the summer. Of course, it isn't even
clear how big a performance boost Socket F Opterons will bring over
their Socket 940 counterparts in the first place.