Vision Or Mirage

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Clawhammer Delayed Another Six Months

This is a bull:


This is shit:


Put them together and you get AMD’s announcement that Clawhammers won’t be out until September, with the whispered excuse being that it’s all Microsoft’s fault.

This is an insult to our intelligences.

I thought this was the 64-bit processor that didn’t need a 64-bit OS; that’s why it was so much better than Intel’s offerings.

Let’s not talk about those roadmaps that surfaced two weeks ago. Let’s not mention AMD offering evaluation systems to reviewers three weeks ago.

What does AMD expect us to believe, that they talk to MS about 64-bit operating systems once every six months?

The Real Story

AMD will get the socket 940 Opteron/Sledgehammers out in the spring. The top rated one will only run at 1.8GHz. This ought to tell you something about what they can get out at the moment.

Just like you can find undigested kernels of corn if you dig through enough dung, you can find another kernel of truth in this dung, too. Why is AMD releasing Opterons even there’s no 64-bit MS operating system for them, either? Oh, it’s because there will be 64-bit versions of Linux around.

AMD estimated a long time ago that 64-bit operations would yield an overall performance improvemnt of about 15-20%. Much more recently, AMD has been claiming that Sledgehammer will blow away equivalent Intel offerings.

However, the limited benchmarking we’ve seen so far indicates that high-end Sledgehammers are just roughly even.

Could it be that Hammers need a 64-bit OS to blow away anybody (including Bartons)? And if that’s true for server chips, wouldn’t that be even more true for a desktop chip, especially one with much less L2 cache than its bigger brothers?


This is more insult to us than injury to AMD. They should be able to muddle through 2003 with Bartons on the desktop and whatever sales they scrounge up with high-priced Sledgehammers.

Making Clawhammer the flagship desktop chip in .13 micron never made much sense, anyway, and it seems that AMD has also come to that conclusion and is backing away from it without admitting it.

So should you. If you’re an AMD fan, get your TBredB or Barton, and forget about Hammer until 2004.

Vision or Mirage?…


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AMD’s Vision

When the AMD corporate execs talk about their company, you hear a lot of “vision” stuff.

If you look at the long history of Hammer, they’ve had “vision” already. Lot of visions. Visions as in mirages.

AMD has always had a reputation of not being able to deliver, and this Hammer fiasco has snapped that mindset right back into place. This cannot help.

That’s bad enough, but now it’s starting to affect my vision.

When AMD puts up things like this nowadays . . .


. . . I just don’t see them the way I used to anymore. Sometimes I see this . . .


. . . and sometimes I see this instead . . . .


Please help me. Are any of you having the same problem I’m having?

Which one are you seeing?


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