Avoid AMD's Phenom ( or Barcelona ) for at least the next 3 months...

Discussion in 'Abit' started by John Lewis, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. John Lewis

    John Lewis Guest

    See:-

    http://techreport.com/discussions.x/13724

    And let the buyer beware even after the new mas-versions are
    available, as there are likely to be a lot of the old parts still
    floating in the system.

    Seems as if the huge $$ losses at AMD may have indirectly contributed
    to a rush to market and less than thorough design and testing of
    Barcelona and Phenom. The TLB problem should have been discovered in
    pre-production test and not have thousands of chips released into the
    wild. Reminds me of the Pentium 4 floating-point problems a few years
    ago One big difference - Intel was not short of money and critically
    dependent on a single design-family pulling them into the black. The
    fact that BOTH Barcelona and Phenom are hit with exactly the same
    design problem for which the current workarounds seem to cause a
    serious performance hit is a potentially disastrous turn of events for
    processor families already confronted with superior performance from
    the competing Intel designs. Barcelona shipments are mostly halted
    until a fix is in place -- so, how many production wafers using the
    old masks are front-loaded into the system and will now need to be
    trashed, adding to AMD's burden of financial woes ?

    John Lewis
    John Lewis, Dec 4, 2007
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