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The First Native Quad-Core (AMD)
September 11, 2007 06:39 AM

AMD Quad Core Opteron 64bit
It’s been a while since we’ve heard some positive news from the AMD camp, who’ve had a tough time recently. Back in 2005, the company was slowly eating away at Intel’s market share with their high performance processors. But sadly, this advancement woke up a slumbering giant. Intel responded swiftly and without an inkling mercy. Their launched a brand new Core 2 Duo, which rapidly fought back the AMD advancement and Intel hasn’t halted since. In addition AMD had an even more difficult time figuring out how to cut prices to create a comparatively better value than their large competitor.

Fortunately, the engineers over at AMD weren’t just sitting around; they were hard at work drafting plans for a counteroffensive. The weapon, you ask? “Barcelona”: the first ever native x86 quad-core microprocessor. “Designed from inception for the most demanding datacenters,” ready to battle Intel over every server socket with incredible energy efficiency and cost. Expect to start seeing these processors in server-oriented desktops, codenamed “phenom,” by December 2007.

That is AMD’s plan, anyway. If you’re eager to learn more about the new chips and their prices, processing speeds, and plenty more head on over to

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