Analyst: AMD’s Spider Launch ‘Disappointing’November 21st, 2007 - 11:00 pm ICT by admin
AMD on Monday announced its Spider platform, which consists of the Phenom quad-core chip, the ATI Radeon HD 3800 graphics processor, and the AMD 7-Series chipset. But at least one analyst said he was was not impressed.
Spider is the “first real instance of the marriage” between AMD and ATI, the graphics chipmaker it acquired last year for roughly $5 billion, Roger Kay, principal analyst with Endpoint Technologies, said in a telephone interview. “It’s a step on the way toward further integration we expect to see” between the companies, Kay said.
From AMD’s perspective, the Spider platform is designed to deliver “a highly advanced, feature-rich enthusiast computing experience,” With Spider, said Dirk Meyer, AMD president and COO, high-end gaming machines are “in reach for more users than ever before.”
But to Kay, Monday’s launch was not a slam-dunk win for AMD. “The clock frequencies are a little disappointing,” Kay said. “They’re below what AMD hoped to bring to market.”
‘Not Noticeably Better’
Along with introducing the Spider platform, AMD highlighted two Phenom chips, which are based on the Barcelona architecture and aimed at high-end gaming. The Phenom 9500 runs as 2.2 GHz, while the 9600 runs at 2.6 GHz.
In the first quarter of next year, AMD will release two chips running at faster speeds, the Phenom X4 9700, running at 2.4 GHz, and the X4 9900, clocked at 2.6 GHz. The big iron, a Phenom chip running at 3.0 GHz, is not expected until the second quarter.
While AMD “talks about higher clock rates later on, the intro didn’t have the splash it might have had,” Kay said. He said that testers of the new chips were reporting “comparable performance” with Intel chips. “They’re not noticeably better but they’re not noticeably worse than Intel. It’s not a clear winner but it’s not a loser.”
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