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"Many of our readers might think that the AMD Phenom processor series is late and doesn't bring enough performance to the table and I have to agree with you. AMD needed to have this part out months ago and at 2.6GHz or higher. Hopefully, AMD can get these early BIOS bugs worked out, but in reality, they shouldn't be early bugs. Phenom has been delayed and the quad-core Barcelona server parts have been out for some time now. I'm frustrated with this launch as I am sure you are. Intel needs competition and AMD hasn't bucked up and brought it to the table with their first true quad-core processor. The ATI Radeon 3800 series on the other hand offers amazing price versus performance value and killer features for a low price. The AMD roadmap shows their next new processor series will be the Stars 45 Processor, which will be AMD's move to the 45nm process. All you die hard AMD fans can keep your hopes up that the move to 45nm will go as good, if not better, than what Intel did at 45nm."
"Frankly, the Phenom 9900 did much better against the QX6700 than I had expected. Now if the BIOS on the motherboard allowed finer grained control over memory speed settings, I might have been able to squeeze even more performance out of the chip at both stock and overclocked settings; but a future BIOS revision may well take care of that.
AMD needs the 45nm shrink badly. It will address the power consumption issue - there is no question that Intel quad core processors are "greener" right now - and when that is combined with the purported architectural enhancements, and the ability to ramp up the clock speed due to lower voltage 45nm designs generating less heat, Intel may again have some real competition for the high end next year."
"So is the Phemon phenomenal? No, not by a long shot. But as I eluded to earlier, it is a Spider and a Spider's web does get stronger as it gets nearer to completion. This concept has promise and at this time we will have to patiently wait and see if its web will get stronger as it develops. As the 790 chipset matures I would hope to see the Phenom start living up to its name. Let's hope that this is a step in the right direction for AMD. My personal thought is that it's a start."