Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Sep 2007 19:52 UTC, submitted by Hendra
AMD AMD announced plans to introduce a desktop PC processor with three cores in the first quarter of 2008. The three-core chip will carry the same Phenom brand name that AMD plans to attach to its quad-core desktop chips due to ship to PC companies by the end of this year.
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AMD is hosed...
by Luposian on Thu 20th Sep 2007 00:14 UTC
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As an avid Folding@Home (Team 1971) addict, I was a die-hard AMD loyalist. I never bought Intel. Never would. I always root for the underdogs... AMD and ATI. Always. Forever.

I owned a S939 (Socket 939) AMD Athlon64 X2 4800+ rig and felt that "need" coming on again... "Must... fold... FASTER!" So, I looked to the fastest AMD X2 processor AMD made... the AM2 6000+!

But while I was researching the costs, I was over at NewEgg and saw the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 for *UNDER* $300!!! A quad-core CPU that wasn't $500-$1000? Impossible! So I began researching that option and found out from various reviews and tests that the Q6600 (and particularly the G0 SLACR revision), beat the X2 6000+ by a significant margin. In folding, better and faster is all that matters. Brands are irrelevant. And, since the Q6600 runs cooler than the X2 6000+, I'd be saving money on electricity, too!

So I sold my X2 4800+ rig and jumped brands. And, let me tell you this... unless AMD can make their own "Core 2 Quad", I will be going with Intel/nVidia from now on.

From what I've read thus far, AMD is losing their edge (well, they already lost it against the Core 2 Duo, but...) and to have them coming out with a TriCore processor looks to be simply an act of desparation on their part.

AnandTech is where I keep up-to-date on all the latest AMD/Intel goings-on. Now... if only Intel would come out with a dual LGA775 socket motherboard, that supported the Core 2 Quad...


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