AMD says Barcelona will start shipping in August

We’ve heard pleanty of rumors and speculation about the launch of AMD’s upcoming “Barcelona” Opterons for months, but now the chipmaker has released some specifics regarding the Barcelona launch schedule and what users can expect out of initial chips.

AMD says it will begin shipping Barcelona processors for revenue in August, and that Barcelona-based systems from AMD platform partners will start shipping in September. However, AMD specifies that chips available at launch will only run as fast as 2GHz. The new K10 architecture should allow for higher performance per clock cycle and per core than existing K8-based Opterons, but 2GHz may still be a little tight in the face of Intel’s 3GHz quad-core Xeons. AMD doesn’t expect faster Barcelona models to come out before the fourth quarter of this year.

On the upside, Barcelona chips that will roll out this summer will be available in both standard and low-power flavors. AMD says that’ll be the first time it introduces both regular and energy efficient parts in a new processor launch.

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    • slaimus
    • 12 years ago

    Better to get the chips out than to wait until it is too late.

    It is kind of funny that IBM is now winning the MHz war, whereas a few years ago they were struggling to get 2.0Ghz.

      • NotParker
      • 12 years ago

      Not per dollar.

      Power6 = Huge amounts of money

    • Deli
    • 12 years ago

    at least we will know how much more IPC it has. Let’s hope for some good OCs.

      • slaimus
      • 12 years ago

      OC is the problem, since they cannot get it much faster to 2GHz. If they can OC it and release it as a SE Opteron, they would have.

        • flip-mode
        • 12 years ago

        It may actually be able to make it substantially farther than 2GHz but not at wattage levels that AMD is comfortable with. They are after all going after the green image

          • UberGerbil
          • 12 years ago

          It’s not about image. It’s about strict thermal and power envelopes dictated by OEMs and their customers. These are server chips, and server customers spend a lot of money on power and cooling. With Intel banging the performance/watt drum loudly these days, AMD has to keep up.

            • flip-mode
            • 12 years ago

            True, but hopefully someone will still be able to take one of these in a quad-fx mobo and OC it “till it glows” as Damage once said.

    • Peffse
    • 12 years ago

    I’ll believe it when I see it

    • Furen
    • 12 years ago

    Hell, 2.0GHz will be tight compared to 3GHz K8s, too, on a core for core basis. Power consumption and multithreaded performance will be quite a bit better, of course, but the low clocks make the appearance of an “enthusiast” part soon after the Sept 10 launch a remote possibility.

      • Lord.Blue
      • 12 years ago

      They said not to expect the Phenoms until Q4. I’m betting November. I working on a new system for a friend, and want to make it an 8-core dual Phenom FX4 system.

        • poulpy
        • 12 years ago

        Because he intend to re-map the entire Human Genome in two weeks by himself?

        • blastdoor
        • 12 years ago

        Is there a technological reason to want the Phenom instead of a current Xeon, or is your friend just an Intel-hater?

          • SPOOFE
          • 12 years ago

          I’m guessing he’s a collector, and is snagging samples of technology unlikely to enjoy broad dissemination.

          (I’m friggin’ joking, put down that Tommygun!)

        • melvz90
        • 12 years ago

        a dual QUAD core system for minesweeper and solitaire… 🙂

    • melvz90
    • 12 years ago

    come on let’s see the actual chips…

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