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News AMD to ‘kill' its processor brand names?

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by arcticstoat, 11 Feb 2011.

  1. Adnoctum

    Adnoctum Kill_All_Humans

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    The paragraph you quoted explained what all these names mean.

    "Zambezi" is the internal AMD codename for the high-end desktop processor (a Phenom replacement) based on an architecture that is internally codenamed "Bulldozer". "Zambezi" is used to separate the chip from "Interlagos", which is the Opteron server version based on "Bulldozer".

    The FX-x naming is back ONLY for CPUs with unlocked multipliers, not for all AMD CPUs. The Bit-tech article doesn't make this clear, whereas the Xbit one does. It is only for the unlocked versions.

    Vision Black and Vision Ultimate isn't applied to the APUs, but to the AMD platform (CPU and MB) that the OEMs put into their systems. It is designed to help more uninformed buyers to make their decision based on what they want to do. It is a grading system based on capability, and is a sticker or label on view at purchase. Once again, the article doesn't make what this is clear enough. I think it is a good idea if it helps people sell/buy systems. It isn't a difficult marketing concept (Vision Black > Vision Ultimate > Vision Premium > Vision) if I can remember it from reading an Anandtech article about it some time ago.

    In fact if you want to know what is going on, read the Xbit article because it really does a better job explaining than this one does.
    The speculation, which is what this is, is that AMD will move to a letter/number naming scheme more like that of graphics cards, or as the example given by Xbit, Mercedes Benz cars. I think it would be a poor decision, but as an enthusiast I don't really care what they call it.
     
  2. PCBuilderSven

    PCBuilderSven What's a Dremel?

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    Who cares about names, just give it a model number and thats that!
     
  3. Jehla

    Jehla Minimodder

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    I could not agree more.
     
  4. Gradius

    Gradius IT Consultant

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    Give me a real HAL and then we talk.
     
  5. TheMusician

    TheMusician Audio/Tech Enthusiast/Historian

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    Introducing, the AMD A4
     
  6. red4our

    red4our ¿Qué es un Dremel?

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    "Introducing, the AMD A4"

    Doh!! , don't think my mobo has the right socket for that!!
     
  7. Guest-16

    Guest-16 Guest

    This.

    AMD dropped Phenom on its head at birth and it never recovered from it. It also forced the prized Athlon brand into a dodgy second place and Sempron has always been a lame duck.

    Firstly, everyone just ignore the "Vision Black/Ultimate" mlarky - that's just the sticker program for pre-built PCs. You'll only be buying an FX-xxx, A-xxx, E-xxx and C-xx. AMD already has the C and E series with its Brazos platform (Zacate and Ontario dies).

    AMD does use multiple sockets, but for the most part AMD only has ONE in the consumer space: AM3+. It's very likely all retail boxed CPUs for consumers will be AM3+.

    Logically that will cover FX-, A- and E-, while there will be server 'FX' parts too I very much expect these will retain the strong Opteron brand and numbering to differentiate themselves. Therefore, only the low end E- series will have some overlap between AM3+ and the pre-soldered Zacate E-350/E-240 models, but since you can't buy any Zacate in a box there isn't an issue.
     
  8. Altron

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    I didn't mind AMD's current system nearly as much as Intel's.

    Sempron (X1)
    Athlon II X2, X3, X4
    Phenom II X2, X3, X4, X6

    I can certainly see some amount of confusion to people who don't understand that the L3 cache and not the core count is what differentiates Phenom from Athlon, but it's not a big deal.

    Granted, they have had plenty of confusing nomenclature in the past. I wasn't a fan of their prior naming scheme. Phenom and Athlon made sense, but they used "Athlon X2" for too many things. Athlon II X2 makes sense because it's an AM3 K10 dual core chip. But they came out with Athlon 64 X2 which was originally 939 (I had one of the original Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 90nm chips back in late 2005). Then they recycled the name for AM2 dual cores, then dropped the 64 for "Athlon X2" brisbane chips (which were still K8, iirc), then kept Athlon X2 for the K10 Kuma chips on AM2+ (which are actually Phenom X4s with two cores disabled). It's bad news when "Athlon X2" could refer to any of three different sockets over the course of four years.

    It's certainly cleared up now, though, with "Athlon II" distinguishing an AM3 K10 chip. Their numbering is pretty unified, too. Phenom IIs are like 5xx, 7xx, 9xx, 1xxx for 2/3/4/6 cores. Athlon IIs are like 2xx/4xx/6xx for 2/3/4 cores. And Sempron is 1xx for a single core. Makes relative sense, presumably 8xx is saved for if they ever had a 6-core Athlon II.

    What's annoying me right now is Intel's nomenclature.

    Core 2 was a bit tricky (as it meant the successor to the Core Solo and Core Duo, not neccessarily two cores). E meant dual core, Q meant quad core, T was mobile, and X was "extreme". Higher numbers mean higher clocks. What sometimes confused me was the meaning of the actual numbers. What I don't understand is why there are T5xxx and T7xxx Merom mobile chips, and T6xxx and T8xxx and T9xxx Penryn mobile chips. Or why the Conroe and Allendale dual cores were E4xxx or E6xxx. Why Wolfdale dual cores were E7xxx and E8xxx. The letters were straightforward, but it was confusing how some cores seemed to have two different leading numbers. Now, they're selling a whole bunch of Wolfdale stuff as Celeron E3xxx and Pentium E5xxx and Pentium E6xxx. I don't know why they dredged up the Pentium name.

    A Wolfdale dual core 45nm 3GHz chip is a "Pentium E6600"
    A Wolfdale dual core 45nm 3GHz chip is also a "Core 2 Duo E8400"
    A "Core 2 Duo E6600" is a 2.4GHz Conroe 65nm dual core.
    How does that make any freaking sense?

    And, now, they're being confusing with their nomenclature again. Not sure why they chose "Core i" for Nehalem. I'm not sure whether "i" comes before or after "2" in their crazy dictionary. What's done is done, though, and screw continuity. So now we're rocking i3 and i5 and i7, which makes sense at first, but then it doesn't. i3-5xx is the most straightforward - dual cores on LGA 1156. i5-6xx starts to look like slightly more powerful dual cores on LGA 1156, but then they throw in the quad core i5-7xx that's pretty much an i7 without Hyperthreading. They take LGA 1156 all the way up to an i7-8xx, and then swap over to the i7-9xx. But, oh, wait, an i7-9xx could be 45nm or 32nm, and it could be a quad core or a hex core. They have three different core counts, which at first seems like it would line up nicely with three different names. However, someone decided that i5 had better be dual or quad, and i7 had better be quad or hex, and available on two sockets as well. So there's really no way to distinguish between a quad core i7 and a hexcore i7 unless you happen to know that 960 and below is quad and 970 and above are hex.

    And now they're at it again with Sandy Bridge, which is their "Second generation core" which is really the fourth generation, but it's numbered two, not to be confused with the second generation core, which is also numbered two. Oh, and they didn't bother revising i3/i5/i7 to distinguish SB i3/i5/i7 from Nehalem i3/i5/i7, despite the fact that they're two different microarchitectures and different sockets.
     
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  9. DrTiCool

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    as stated above, cpu branding these days is a mess.
    I'm starting to miss those days when we had 386SX/DX, 486DX/DX2 monikers
     
  10. Revil0

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    Tbh I find it confusing either way :/
     
  11. Repo

    Repo What's a Dremel?

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    So will the 4 core versions be called A4 Quattro, A6 Quattro and A8 Quattro?


    /gets coat....
     
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    Valinor What's a Dremel?

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    Quoting it all would take too much space...

    Agreed - processor naming is just :wallbash: (wow, a use for one of those smilies!).
     
  13. infekted.one

    infekted.one What's a Dremel?

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    The krauts at audi must be having a field day with that odea
     
  14. Xir

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    Even at the height of "Athlon" supremacy over the Pentium 4, I experienced that the name "AMD" meant nothing to people, let alone "Athlon".

    It's AMD.
    Huh?
    You, know, they make CPU's
    Huh?
    Chips...for in a computer.
    Huh?
    Like Intel.
    Aaaahhh, those silly guys on TV, they sell white suits, right?
    *sigh*
     
  15. Xir

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    Yeah, like FORD America, that sues Ferrari for naming it's formula one car "F150 Italia".:D

    "Yeah..I wuss tryiiing to buy meself a niiice 'nd shiiny pickuptruck, and hot damn, they delivred me a low red thing that looks like a lanmower. Next truck is GM Darnnit!" :D
     
  16. xaser04

    xaser04 Ba Ba Ba BANANA!

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    I agree completely with this. CPU naming is just a mess and completely confusing if you take your eye off of the ball for more than a second.
     
  17. iworld

    iworld What's a Dremel?

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    Come on AMD - you need to launch CPU's that will knock Intel I7's and I5's off the the top spot which they have enjoyed for a few years now.
     
  18. Denis_iii

    Denis_iii What's a Dremel?

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    i'm annoyed and confused
     
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    damxi0 What's a Dremel?

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    Although I'm not an AMD processor fan, all I can say about the brand name is that, it doesn't confuse me whether they choose to retain the current phenom or not. What matters is the design of the APU, efficiency and its capability to compete with intel.
     
  20. TheQuadFather

    TheQuadFather What's a Dremel?

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    your not alone. irn bru sells well down here on the strange old isle of wight.

    also, i will mis the athlon brand heavily, been with it since my first 1.3GHZ! athlon xp :(
     
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