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New stepping from the Athlon 64 finished and clocked at 1.8 GHz

New stepping from the Athlon 64 finished and clocked at 1.8 GHz

While most of the Athlon 64 at Computex were still based on the A2 stepping, which was operated with a processor clock of 1.4 GHz, the first Athlon 64 with the B0 stepping of the processor core and a real clock of 1.8 now have GHz leave the development halls of AMD.

So only 200 MHz are missing to the targeted entry rate of 2 GHz, the in and of itself should already be reached during the next stepping. Based on the A0 stepping with its 800 MHz, you have almost reached the goal you set yourself. If you consider that the Intel Pentium 4 has come onto the market with the core stepping B2, it seems as if AMD has now entered the home straight with the first B stepping. Unfortunately, only the processor manufacturer knows where the Athlon 64 is still a problem. Maybe it is really the clock frequency that still causes problems for the developers. Producing a handful of samples with a clock rate of 2 GHz is certainly not a feat, it only becomes difficult when mass production starts and every processor core has to pass brilliantly at this rate.

So you have to wait and see! AMD is currently assuming that the Athlon 64 will be released for sale at the beginning of the second quarter of 2003. Which real processor clock is sufficient and which model number is still unknown, but the rumor mill still assumes 2.0 GHz and the sales designation 3400+.