Rumours are curious things. They can start anywhere and, depending on who’s transmitting them, will either grow in the psyche or wither away quickly. KitGuru’s heard something very interesting about AMD’s traditional CPU lines. Is it true?
While there is still significant inventory of AMD’s basic dual core and quad core parts in the various channels around the world, there can be no doubt how much more attractive the Fusion and Bulldozer parts are likely to be over the next 6 months.
Here’s a question for all you budding production plant/inventory/logistics managers: If you had a solid integrated solution for the mass-market and the world’s first consumer 8 core parts about to arrive, how much of your limited production capacity would you set aside to make chips designed several years ago?
From what we’re hearing right now, none.
At this point, we’d normally expect a mini-barrage of emails declaring undying love/support/production for the old chips etc, but – looking at it objectively – how much production space will Apple be giving to iPhone 4 once it launches iPhone 5?
KitGuru says: We hope this rumour is true. Customers who were buying low-end X2 and X4 CPUs would still need basic graphics on the mainboard chipset or buy an entry level graphic card – both of which are redundant with Fusion. If you were buying more expensive X4 chips, then don’t. The X6 range is better and Bulldozer promises much more. It is possible that AMD is temporarily moving production focus to the new chips, and that’s the source of the rumour.
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