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Wherefore Art Thou Barcelona?

Apparently AMD’s new quad-core Opteron processors are selling like hotcakes. The bad news is they can’t make them fast enough. Damon Poeter at CMP Channel writes that AMD’s partners are generally happy with the new Opteron products, but at least some are having trouble getting a hold of enough parts.

“There are no hardware conflicts and the power draw is as promised. They delivered on their technicals. On these high-performance compute and memory-intensive applications, they’re kicking Intel’s butt,” said Brian Corn, VP of marketing and business development at Waltham, Mass.-based Source Code.

But when it comes to delivering on actual product, Corn is not so enthusiastic about AMD’s performance.

“We’re extremely disappointed with AMD on a product delivery level…. The real problem seems to be is that AMD doesn’t have any of these things.”

According to some of AMD’s channel partners, the company is giving the Tier 1 system vendors and some favored partners first crack at the new quads, leaving the dregs for the channel. 

Did AMD push Barcelona out the door too fast or did it just underestimate the demand?  According to Corn, AMD hasn’t offered an explanation for the hold-up.

Read the full story here.

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