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AMD talks about Barcelona & Phenom

Recently, we had the opportunity to speak with John Freude, AMD’s Worldwide Business Development Manager for Server/Workstation Products. That’s quite a mouthful, but it means he’s the guy who has to make sure the new Quad-Core Opteron (Barcelona) sells well all over the world. Of course, we not only talked about the Barcelona, but also a related desktop processor family – the AMD Phenom. Let’s start with the Barcelona.

First, we asked about the long-promised benchmarks for the Barcelona. Since AMD’s simulated results of a 2.6 GHz Barcelona processor was retracted, AMD has remained steadfastly silent about the new, updated benchmarks they promised would be forthcoming since that debacle. Well, when can we expect AMD to start talking numbers again?

John says the Quad-Core Opteron systems had already been submitted to the benchmark organizations for testing. The results are all under NDA and will only be released on launch date, September 10, 2007. Because they are under NDA, he cannot reveal the actual results, but he gave us some interesting indications of how the Barcelona will eventually fare against an equivalent Intel processor.

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AMD, Processors, CPUs, Desktop, Servers, Barcelona, Phenom

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