AMD's bad week was actually much worse

Ashlee Vance over at The Register reported on Thursday that AMD had even more bad news at the end of a week that was dominated by their possible TLB bug problem (one, two).Ashlee highlighted a trio of pain:

First off, all of the SPEC benchmarks performed to date with Opteron-systems (Barcelona) will be pulled over the next week, El Reg can confirm. This is a result of AMD failing to meeting the “general availability” requirements for a product demanded by SPEC (the Standard Performance Evaluation Corp.).

…Speaking of performance issues, we’ve learned that virtualization software suffers from AMD’s fix. The Register has received reports of virtualization software slowing by as much as 50 per cent.

…And we round out the woeful news threesome with word that AMD has adjusted the peak power consumption figures on 2.0GHz+ Opterons much higher. Company documents show AMD moving from TDP (thermal design power) levels of 68W, 95W and 120W for various flavors of its chips to 79W, 115W and 137W.

Details in his article.

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