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Tuesday, 07 September 2010 10:53

AMD's Llano to have a hard time fighting Sandy Bridge

Written by Fuad Abazovic
fusion

Tough nut to crack

AMD's going to have a hard time fighting the 32nm, soon to launch Sandy Bridge. Many analysts and industry insiders we meet over the last few days in Silicon Valley tend to agree on that. Its graphics performance is good enough for basic gaming, and the CPU performance is likely to be better than Llano’s modified K8 quad, K10 looking core.

We don’t even have to mention that Sandy Bridge should be in production as we speak, as Intel should ship this CPU in volumes sometime in Q1 2011. In fact, the company has shown functional samples a year ago at IDF 2009. AMD’s Llano performance will be ok and AMD can put up a nice fight with Intel, especially with prices. The issue is that AMD cannot make that much money running the price war against Intel. You might remember that AMD has more than 3 USD billion in debt and it is not quite making ludacrous amounts of money that would make that debt go away anytime soon.

Next generation Fusion, something that comes after Llano, will have a Bulldozer core and might stand a chance, but it will fight Intel's Haswell 2012 generation so we're not talking about immediate future. AMD’s biggest chance is that Intel will screw up with some new process or CPU transition. Just remember Pentium 4 and the good days for AMD, when they led the market.


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+64 #1 fudzillalololo 2010-09-07 11:16
Quote:
AMD's going to have a hard time fighting the 32nm, soon to launch Sandy Bridge. Many analysts and industry insiders we meet over the last few days in Silicon Valley tend to agree on that


Where do you get this sh*t from? 99% of your articles are: we got this and X tends to agree that X is going to X

Wtf is this?
 
 
0 #2 nele 2010-09-07 12:11
Quoting fudzillalololo:
99% of your articles are: we got this and X tends to agree that X is going to X




Actually, that's what our template looks like. We just don't like breaking them molds if you know what I mean...
 
 
+11 #3 BernardP 2010-09-07 12:14
Llano is not supposed to fight against Sandy Bridge. The CPU part in SB is two generations ahead of the CPU part of Llano. SB will be much more expensive than Llano.

But Llano will be "good" enough", like the current AMD CPUs.

However, Intel's lead over AMD seems to be lenghtening, as AMD can't keep up with Intel's unrelentless tick-tock release pattern.
 
 
+24 #4 The_Wolf88 2010-09-07 14:58
Quote:
Where do you get this sh*t from? 99% of your articles are: we got this and X tends to agree that X is going to X

Wtf is this?


I Agree and then he'll say it turns out our sources was wrong after all!
 
 
+4 #5 anno 2010-09-07 17:08
People do keep on forgetting about GPGPU, which isn't a good sign... I think that, if Adobe and Corel release their GPGPU enabled software (which they appear to be enthusiastic about), Llano will start to make more sense. Same goes for GPGPU heavy websites and so on. If this takes a long time, Llano will mostly appeal to gamers and some (tech savvy) students at first I fear.
 
 
+6 #6 terrace215 2010-09-07 17:30
Errors:

Sandy Bridge is shipping in Q4 '10, launch is in Q1 11.

Haswell is not until the very end of 2012 / beginning of 2013.

@Bernard Yes, actually Llano is positioned against Sandy Bridge 1155. Bulldozer gets to fight Sandy Bridge socket 2011, although the way BD keeps slipping...
 
 
-6 #7 Tr0y 2010-09-07 20:04
Quoting anno:
People do keep on forgetting about GPGPU, ...


Intel will offer OpenCL support for Sandy Bridge. So they haven't forgotten about this :)
 
 
+14 #8 redisnidma 2010-09-08 03:04
Fuad, what happened?

You were doing so good I was starting to get proud of you, then you started once again with this Intel ball-licking article. :-|
 
 
+2 #9 Peciura 2010-09-09 00:15
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AMD’s biggest chance is that Intel will screw up with some new process or CPU transition. Just remember Pentium 4 and the good days for AMD, when they led the market.

It sounds almost pathetic.
AMD can attract customers with better GPU part compared to Intel.
 

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