September 23rd, 2003

Zoner en fuego!

Mmm, yummy tech

Well, there is one highlight for today. AMD today officially launched the Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 FX with AMD64 - formerly known as Clawhammer and x86-64. Yeah, they launched Opteron (aka Sledgehammer) a few months back, but not many people (even geeks) would be buying Opteron systems for home.

I don't expect Athlon 64 to be a big seller just yet, for the simple reason that Windows64 isn't expected until 1Q2004. MS released a public beta today, to go with the launch of the chip, but I doubt PC makers are going to sell systems with that. Of course, the chip runs Win32 just fine as well, since it is an x86 part, but the real performance increases come with a 64-bit OS, and then 64-bit applications. But you can get Linux for AMD64 today - of course.

I expect the next system I buy will be an Athlon 64.
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