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  • quanta - Friday, July 25, 2008 - link

    If you are going to buy the SB750 boards, you should stay away from Foxconn, because it was recently busted for deliberate sabotaging alternative systems and making shoddy motherboards that are not ACPI-compliant.[1] As strange as it sound, it was Microsoft Certified Motherboard! If that's not enough, currently the company is rated F by Better Business Bureau![2] If you want a reliable computer, stay away from the con that is Foxconn!

  • BLaber - Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - link

    I agree to an extent that improved super pi results don't guarantee performance improvements across the board , but 15% improvement is not totally because of cache size getting bigger , there has to be some thing else with the combination of improved cache size like decreased cache latency , improvement in core e.t.c to resulting in improved pi results....

    Any way time will tell ... hope fully thing will get better for AMD , Bcz without AMD we are pretty much screwed by Intel.
  • geok1ng - Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - link

    AMD is in dire straits on the CPU market for sure, but they are in better position on the Graphics and HTPC market with the 4000 series and the 780G.
    i dont think that 45nm Phenoms can save the company, by the time 45nm parts arrive Intel will be all over the Nehalem, with DDR3 prices plummeting due to scaling gains. It is a very long shot to infere that 45nm Phenoms can compete with 45nm C2Ds, since these CPUs will reach sub $200 price tags by the time 45nm arrive.

    But if AMD can put SB750 on the shelfes right now they may take advantage of the good moment they are living on the graphics market:

    a- bundle 4850/4870/4870X2 with mobos/CPUs, since SB750 allows Phenoms to reach 3Ghz+ clocks, taking triple and quad cores to " budget gaming". These systems will dominate the price/performance budget gaming market, since the "budget" quad offer from intel (q6600/Q9450) rarely reachs 3,6ghz on air

    b-created HTPCs mobos that can handle triple and quad cores Phenoms and take advantage of the lower power consumption that the SB750 allows, since the only reason to go Intel in a HTPC is the raw performance of C2Ds, something that 3 or 4 cores at 3Ghz+ may confront in equal terms.

    Lets use my situation as an example: i WILL have a 4870X2, the very first VGA to allow gaming at 2560x1600, my 30" resolution. I can:

    a-Put the 4870X2 on my 18 months old E4300+P5WDH system and wait for Nehalem to build a new system.

    b-Dump $300 on a X48/P45 DDR2 mobo and $215 on a E8400

    c-Build a quad phenom+SB750 system. But this latter option implies that SB750 will be available at 4870X2 launch and that triple/quad Phenoms prices go lower, right now they cant even compete with the higher performing/2 years old Q6600!

    Maybe it is past time for AMD to take the gloves off on the IGP front:
    Build an IGP that can allow gaming at 1680x1050/0xAA (the 780G can be overcloked enough to allow gaming at 1280x1024/0xAA) and make all the competitors on the HTPC AND the budget gaming markets run away!
    Such a system would convince people that a Phenom may be less powerful than a Core 2, but it runs in a more complete plataform. Thas was the reasoning that carved AMDs market share on the HTPC market with the 780G, why cant it be the reasoning that will dominate the budget/casual gaming market once and for all?!
  • BPB - Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - link

    You can put an E8400 in the P5W DH board, I have the P5W DH Deluxe and am considering doing just that. Reply
  • wingless - Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - link

    You make several excellent points. I would like to point out to you that 45nm Denebs are at least 12.5% faster than current Phenoms according to the SuperPi results published a couple of weeks ago. Also remember that K10 architecture historically does very poorly in SuperPi so some analysts suggested that the 12.5% increase is like a worst case scenario for Deneb. PCPer analysts said they have heard from people that have tested K10.5 that it performs between 20 and 30% better than current 65nm Phenoms. Deneb will apparently have much higher IPC according to those results and will comfortably match or exceed Penryn. The only problem on AMD's side is timing. They need to get this "fixed" K10.5 out the door ASAP but it won't arrive until early Q4/2008. Hopefully their Chipset and GPU business will keep them afloat until Deneb hits the market but it will be tight. Reply
  • BitByBit - Saturday, July 26, 2008 - link

    A boost of 20-30% would require a complete architectural overhaul, so I would take such claims with a generous pinch of salt. I expect around a 5% boost from the additional cache (application dependent) and another 5% from core tweaks, giving an average gain of a little over 10%, maybe more in certain apps. Reply
  • Martimus - Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - link

    One problem with that is that SuperPI is heavily reliant on cache, and Deneb has 3 times the L3 cache that current Phenom has. So using those results to say that Deneb is 15% faster isn't exactly an apples to apples comparison. It may very well have less of a performance increase with other applications. Reply
  • spidey81 - Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - link

    From what I'm reading here, does it seem reasonable to assume that future higher clocked Phenoms will not be compatible with older 790FX/SB600 boards? I recently went with the 790FX board because from all the road maps that I had seen, AMD was going to make it's near future processors compatible with the socket. And therefore make an easier upgrade path. Does anyone have any insight into this? Reply
  • Darkskypoet - Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - link

    Been waiting for the remainder of the review all day... Issues, troubles, or just teasing? Reply
  • ZootyGray - Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - link

    At the top of the page:

    "(7/22/08 update - We are still clarifying ACC details with AMD before we publish the full article this week)"

    This is like waiting for my favourite cappucino frozen yogurt in a cone. :)

    Take your time, Gary - I appreciate the facts more than the hype. Do what you gotta do.
    I love this - talking to AMD - I feel really 'connected'.
  • jhb116 - Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - link

    I have to agree get the fact right and complete. If the 750 is good enough - I might just wait for it.

    Although given the many comments about when will this be published begs the advice that Mr. Scott gave Geordi LaForge in Star Trek - something to the effect "You tell the Captain it'll take 12 hours and when you finish it in 6, you look like a hero." :)
  • mariusmotea - Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - link

    When will see the full review? Reply
  • BLaber - Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - link

    Gary I can't wait any longer , where is the promised review Reply
  • coolsam2 - Monday, July 21, 2008 - link

    i was looking for the next page.. awww.. my dreams of amd domination've to be put on hold.. Reply
  • ZootyGray - Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - link

    Not on hold.

    Just patiently waiting for the train. The lil engine that could :)

    The domination part - well sure, why not :) I won't support those other guys anyway.
  • Sylvanas - Monday, July 21, 2008 - link

    Thanks Gary! This is better than I had thought, I thought the Sb750 would only be bringing a slightly better core speed but +200mhz on the NB and a lower Vcore with +100mhz core is great. Reply
  • Calin - Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - link

    Allow Gary to play with the new chipset, and more interesting results might come to light :)
    Even so, this is great news - I wonder if some quick tests of "clock on clock" performance against Intel quad core could be in order.
  • pattycake0147 - Monday, July 21, 2008 - link

    Will this be the SB chip that comes on the 790GX when it ships? By the way when can we expect the 790GX to start shipping? Reply
  • wildguy2k - Monday, July 21, 2008 - link

    Yep, that's the way it's looking. GX & the "new" FX will both get this SB750, at least until next year when the SB8xx series launches ;)

    I'd assume that if we're to see a full review of the chipset tomorrow, we're going to see retail availability pretty quickly thereafter. I'm hoping, at least :)

    Good thread here:">

  • RandyB - Monday, July 21, 2008 - link

    Good job! We need to save our language. It is quickly deteriorating! I get a headache, just trying to read some of these posts and articles. Reply
  • RandyB - Monday, July 21, 2008 - link

    DJMiggy; you're scaring me a bit there, Hannibal!;) Reply
  • Guuts - Monday, July 21, 2008 - link

    I think lotion would have ruined the flavor of any delicacy Hannibal the Cannibal might have cooked up using his victims... :-p It was "Buffalo Bill" who encouraged us to moisturize. Reply
  • BLaber - Monday, July 21, 2008 - link

    WOW wonder what the combination of SB750 + 45nm Phenom X4 will achieve.

    All in all looking good for AMD.

  • Anglamin - Monday, July 21, 2008 - link

    Hi Gary and all AMD experts :
    I am not very technical and would like to understand what this feature means to AMD's market share gain. Is this for a consumer segment or is this for AMD enthusiasts who build systems by themselves ? Are the primary improvements from the power consumption and speed ? Thanks for your help.

  • Calin - Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - link

    This isn't for the consumer, is only for the enthusiast (this is overclocking, and the consumer does not overclock).
    Better stability at higher speeds, with lower voltages might mean an faster Phenom (even if validated only for the SB750 platform) might be near - this is good news for AMD, as it will push its performance higher. This is also good news for consumers, as Intel will push its performance higher again, or reply with an price cut/slash.
  • Goty - Monday, July 21, 2008 - link

    Quick question, why has the PCI-E bus speed been raised in the last screen? I've always kind of been under the impression that messing with the PCI-E bus speed is more often than not detrimental to stability. Reply
  • Locutus465 - Monday, July 21, 2008 - link

    They need something like this to further push the value of the Phenom CPU's pretty desperatly! I can't wait to read a more complete review of the platform with this new SB integrated..

    I'm running the 2.5GHz phenom 4x on a 790FX board... Paird with 4GB of DDR2 (800MHz) and a Radeon 3870 I have to say the performance is friggen amazing, absolutly no issues at all gaming on my 19" screen (yeah, you'd probably want to upgrade to a 4870(or x2) to go with a bigger screen) but as far as a solid gaming rig goes, the current platform is great.

    This SB with the new BIOS applied would just push the value still farther. It really seems like AMD is rather succesfully carving out a rather nice little value market on the Desktop front, while managing (for now) to hold on to their performance advantages on the server front.
  • Dobs - Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - link

    I'm trying to get excited about AMD processors/chipsets as I am about the ATI 4800 series, but nothing in this article does it for me.... so far.

    Hopefully the full article will reveal some real-world competition.
    As a complete novice PC builder, I got my Q9450 running @ 3.2GHz on 1.3v which is effectively the same as the QX9770 @ stock.

    I'm betting the performance of the 9850 @ 3.2 GHz and 1.3875v is still not on par with my Q9450 @ stock.... but I'm hoping I lose this bet... for competitions sake.

    I like the choice of memory GSkill DDR2-1066 as it is low voltage, but if you are running Vista 64 please use the full capacity of the motherboard - 8GB. Why bother with x64 and only 4Gb??? you might as well have tested with Vista 32 bit.
  • Locutus465 - Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - link

    Because 4GB is plenty of memory for the system to do everything I've needed it to do (including work with 3GB text files) so far... Your comments about 4GB of memory being wasted on 64bit vista are incorrect, 32bit vista by default only allows 2GB memory per processe while 64b vista removes this limitation... When you do stuff like... Work with 3GB text files this becomes important. Reply
  • Dobs - Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - link

    Hey Locutus465,
    I don't want to get into an argument with you about my post... if you are happy with 4Gb that is good for you. I'm somewhat surprised though considering you are working on '3Gb text files'...

    What on earth is in these text files.... and what software are you using???
    I occasionally work on text files max of 1.5Gb but usually smaller files up to 300Mb - often working on multiple files at once. These contain millions of peoples personal details - name, dob, addresses etc. and I usually use TextPad. Just curious to know what you use for the 3Gb files?
  • ZootyGray - Monday, July 21, 2008 - link

    Well said. And very exciting for me too. This is a wonderful surprise for a Monday Monday. I am just sitting here feeling WOW because I know Anandtech is not about hype - this is the facts, Jakk.

    I simply knew something good was going to happen. I think this has huge implications in other areas as well. This might be the place where it all began - again. And it's kinda neat that it's almost an insider thing. I'm in.

    I have already saved 4 pennies.

    (love yer writing style Gary!)
  • flipmode - Monday, July 21, 2008 - link

    Very intriguing results and there are still more to come.

    Too bad I'm in the middle of remodeling my house - my time to upgrade is a ways off.
  • just4U - Monday, July 21, 2008 - link

    I am curious how it stacks up against Quad offerings via Intel at those speeds. 3.3GHZ is impressive for a Phenom. Reply
  • acejj26 - Monday, July 21, 2008 - link

    "While are 100 MHz increase..." should be "While our 100 MHz increase..." Reply
  • CyberHawk - Monday, July 21, 2008 - link

    it is really interested, that not CPU alone is responsible for final overclock.

    I'm getting one of these motherboards!
  • Solberg - Friday, July 25, 2008 - link

    Only if you are certain that you only want to run Windows on it. It seems that Foxconn is less than friendly with anybody who wants to decide OS for themselves:">
    Hence I recommend acquiring the chipset (which indeed looks very promising) from another vendor.
  • DJMiggy - Monday, July 21, 2008 - link

    It puts the lotion on its skin. Reply
  • hansmuff - Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - link

    It puts the lotion on its skin or it will not overclock. Reply

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