News of the day (March 17, 2008)

 Radeon HD 3690 : $126 for a RV670
  Posted on 1205759162 by Nicolas

Sapphire has launched a Radeon HD 3690 on the Chinese market. Like the Radeon HD 3800 it is equipped with an RV670 engraved in 55nm while there are frequencies of 702 MHz for the GPU and 846 MHz for the 256 MB of GDDR3.

For cost reasons, the width of the memory bus was cut in half and therefore is only 128 bits. Sold for $126, the card offers an attractive performance/price ratio. We will just have to wait and see if it arrives in stores near us and if yes at what price.

 The Phenom xx50 early?
  Posted on 1205757732 by Nicolas

Digitimes has obtained some information from motherboard manufacturers on the launch of the Phenom 9x50 which has the B3 revision of the Barcelona core.

According to them, the Phenom 9150 (1.8 GHz), 9550 (2.2 GHz), 9650 (2.3 GHz), 9750 (2.4 GHz) and 9850 (2.5 GHz) should be launched in the next 2 weeks. The launch of the 9950 (2.6 GHz) will be delayed until the third quarter as the increase in frequency apparently was not as easy as planned. The word launch, however, is a bit vague and according to previously published information, either way the 9950 was planned for the third quarter.

On the other hand, note that no 9850 seemed to be planned and the 9750 was up until now optimistically expected out in May. So in short, if what our colleagues say is true, AMD is slightly ahead of schedule. At the end of April, it’s the triple core Phenom 8450 (2.1 GHz), 8650 (2.3 GHz) and 8750 (2.4 GHz) which should arrive and this also earlier than planned.

Still in April, AMD will launch the Athlon 64 X2 5800+, which will come several weeks before the Athlon 64 X2 5600+ Black Edition and 4600+ expected out in late March. As for the 6400+ Black Edition, 6000+ and 5600+ (89W), they can be ordered up until the end of March. Finally, the Athlon "Kuma" 6050 and 6250 (dual core versions of the Barcelona) should make an appearance at the end of the second quarter.

So in short, there are a lot of ‘’should’s’’. However, in a 3 month period if AMD launches dual, tri and quad core versions of the B3 revised Barcelona at frequencies often surpassing 2.3 GHz and at the same time lowers the price of its current line, all of this means retiring the Athlon 64 X2 6400+ and 6000+. Moreover, it clearly indicates that CPUs with K10 architecture should replace those from the previous generation (K8) whose first members were launches almost 5 years ago...

 AMD price reductions April 7th
  Posted on 1205747327 by Nicolas

AMD has informed its distributers that there will be a price reduction for desktop processors April 7th.

On the high end, this will involve the three Phenoms currently available: the 9500, 9600 and 9600 Black Edition. Athlon 64 X2s are also concerned. Note that 4000+ and 4200+ models aren’t mentioned, a probable sign of their planned retirement which is only logical because they are currently sold for $68 versus $78 for the 4400+.

This last processor’s price should also drop just like that of the 4800+, 5000+, 5000+ Black Edition, 5200+, 5600+, 6000+ and 6400+ Black Edition. The statement additionally includes two CPUs which are not on AMD’s current price list, the Athlon 64 X2 4600+ and 5400+.

Finally, the Athlon 64 LE-1600, LE-1620 and LE-1640 as well as Sempron LE-1200, LE-1250 and LE-1300 which all have a lowered TDP of 45W should soon be less expensive.

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