AMD has shared some details with us on its upcoming native quad core "Barcelona" processor. With it comes a new name: Phenom. We delve into the depths of the new architecture to see what improvements have been shoehorned into the new silicon.
"It still looks like AMD has something exceptionally powerful on paper, and finally a true competitor to Intel's Core as we peer through the glass, nose pressed against the surface, but until we get hold of one to test all bets should remain off. Intel's 1333MHz FSB quad core CPUs and eventually 45nm Penryn are due in a similar short term timeframe. So until the silicon tumbles into place, judgement should be reserved to the realms of fanboys as to who will win the next battle in the CPU war."