If I read correctly Anand said the cost would be around $200 which is within my price range for a new piledriver. Rumor was that the TDP was at 220W but that sounds far fetched.
Wouldn't that help keep the heat down as well?
I don't imagine AMD will package a cooler standard. Maybe a special edition with a closed water cooler?
AMD is trying to make up for lack of efficiency with speed, like in the early Pentium 4 days when the 3.06 Ghz was the uber-pwns CPU. This 5 Ghz unit that can probably only do the full 5.0 Ghz on one or 2 cores is like putting a 10 speed bike in low gear and trying to go fast by pedaling like a maniac. Not efficient.In other words, AMD, you are embarrassing yourself. I will not be surprised if this new CPU can't clearly beat an i5.The above bike reference made me think of a bike I built a long time ago. It was a 20 inch bike with the curved tubes for its frame, the long 1970's style banana seat, high rise handlebars, a set of 13 inch stroke cranks off a 10 speed bike, and low 36/19 gearing. And it was about 6 different colors. It could torque its way up a hill without even having to stand up on the pedals, and could pop wheelies under power easily, but keeping up with other kids on their bikes took some work and a lot of pedaling. I forget what ever happened to that bike.
Let's face it, we already know what they have to work with and it seems they are doing the best they can to resuscitate the K10 core architecture and move it forward.
mertesn you can buy systems with unpopulated sockets so the processors are sold individually but they are IBM processors thus not useful outside of enterprise based environments.
Anyone can buy any available IBM system. Individual parts can be an issue, but it's still a pretty false statement in the press release.
Intel CPUs are hitting 4 Ghz on 125 to 140 watts. And this AMD chip needs 220 to get up to 5.0?Sounds inefficient to me. It will probably need a special motherboard design just to feed it 220 watts. And run hot.