Barcelona announced, shipping in August
For the first time, AMD will introduce Barcelona in both standard and low-power versions – immediately available at launch. AMD doesn’t expect faster variants until at least the fourth quarter. Although the chip will be available in August, Barcelona-based systems from AMD partners won’t commence shipping until September.
Currently the 2.0GHz clock speeds dampen any intimidation towards Intel’s Clovertown and Penryn CPU’s. Compared to K8-based Opteron’s, AMD claim that Barcelona offers up to a “70 percent performance increase on certain database applications and up to 40 percent on certain floating point applications.”
More than ever before, customers are expecting energy-efficiency and performance-per-watt leadership as much as absolute performance. With this new reality of computing, greater performance at the expense of greater power consumption is no longer an option, said Randy Allen, corporate vice president, Server and Workstation Division at AMD.