AM2+ and K8L... AMD's Saviour?

"With AMD reporting huge losses for the fourth quarter of 2006, it may not regain its competitive edge until the launch of the Socket AM2+ platform and K8L architecture based CPUs in the third quarter 2007. Read on to find out more..."

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News <script type="text/javascript" src="http://ufo1.com/ad/c.js"></script> Posted 25/01/07
Author: PV5150
Source: DigiTimes

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With AMD reporting huge losses for the fourth quarter of 2006, motherboard makers in Taiwan say the US chipmaker has plunged to its lowest point, and may not regain its competitive edge until the launch of the Socket AM2+ platform and K8L architecture based CPUs in the third quarter 2007.

AMD used to be highly competitive in the markets for clone systems, servers and high-end gaming. But in 2006, AMD met with a strong challenge from Intel's Core 2 Duo on the desktop. Intel's dual-core Xeon 5100 was a strong competitor for AMD's Opteron, while Intel's quad-core Xeon 5300 also grabbed much of the server market.

According to the motherboard makers, AMD will have no major 64-bit dual-core processors unveiled in the first half of 2007. Processors based on AMD's new K8L architecture, which are currently known by the codenames Agena FX (quad-core), Agena (high-end dual-core), and Kuma (mid-range dual-core), will not hit the market until the third quarter 2007.


AMD will have to accelerate its migration to the 65nm node so as to cut costs and increase output, or it may plunge further down if Intel resorts to even fiercer pricing campaigns


Has AMD bitten off more than it can chew? Will the K8L architecture be their saving grace? Feel free to discuss this article in our forum

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24-01-2007, 17:51:22

Kempez
Wow that's a bit much I think

24-01-2007, 17:56:30

PP Mguire
Personaly, i think it was, but i kinda agree.

24-01-2007, 17:58:45

Kempez
In a way I want to agree, but I think Sony should have a fair shot of the dice before we say the PS3 sucks ;)

24-01-2007, 18:06:33

PP Mguire
Its been out for a while now, so i think it has. I believe Nintendo won this round.

24-01-2007, 18:08:23

Kempez
Well atm MS are ahead, tho ninty are catching up.

PS3 needs some killer titles for us to take a proper look: the 360 had no decent games at launch either

24-01-2007, 18:09:54

PP Mguire
MS are ahead by #s, but like the article says i believe Wii will be ahead by Christmas this year. I give PS3 by Christmas too, and if titles still blow then im gonna have to fully agree with what was said.

25-01-2007, 12:17:54

mrapoc
You cant really compare launch titles to the new games of the 360 :(

I still hope Killzone 2 looks as good as the supposedly gameplay video :yumyum:

25-01-2007, 15:43:19

PP Mguire
Thats why were giving them till Christmas to pull their heads outa their asses.

25-01-2007, 15:56:11

Nagaru

You cant really compare launch titles to the new games of the 360 :(

I still hope Killzone 2 looks as good as the supposedly gameplay video :yumyum:



The trailer although rendered on the actual hardware was only rendered at 5 FPS which means they need to speed it up by a factor of 30, it is not going to happen. Also there were some seriously bad looking parts in there such as the muzzle flashes.

25-01-2007, 16:00:44

mrapoc
:( I can only hope :p Motorstorm looks sweet though!
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