Rumor: AMD 9700 & 9900 Phenom Delayed Until Q2 2008

Rob Williams

Staff member
From our front-page news:
According to industry news site DigiTimes, AMD has plans to delay their upcoming Phenom 9700 and 9900 processors from Q1 2008 to Q2 2008. Reasons are supposedly linked to the translation lookaside buffer (TLB) issue - one that they've been unable to solve without the use of a performance-reducing BIOS patch.

They delay in itself of these models won't affect many, however if these processors are indeed to be delayed, then we may find the "TLB-Patched" 9400-9600 models that were supposed to also hit in Q1 to be delayed as well. If that's the case, then it's going to be even more bad news for AMD, as many people who planned on picking up a Phenom CPU had intentions of waiting until the issue was fixed.

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However, whether AMD's triple-core Toliman series CPUs will also see delay will be the key decision for the company, since Toliman offers a high price/performance ratio compared with Intel's quad-core CPUs. A delay for Toliman will hurt AMD the most, noted the sources.

Source: DigiTimes


Tech Monkey
Chiming in very late on this, but if you ask me, they (AMD) should offer a free upgrade down the road to the new revision Phenom CPU's. That would get current stock sold, and considering les sthan 1/2 the buyers would probably take them up on the upgrade, they would probably lose less money in the long run. They really need to do whatever possible to stop the bleeding.