New AMD Chip in April

Caught this newsbit over at Shacks.  For fans of AMD, and unnecessarily fast processing speeds, there's a new toy only a few months out.   AMD's K8 is said to be nearly ready for prime-time, and is expected to hit the hardware scene at around the same time Intel releases its 'Springdale' chip.  Also known as 'Clawhammer' and 'Athlon64' the chip is expected to debut around or just below a 2Ghz speed.

Despite the moved-up timetable, motherboard and chipset companies believe that the K7 platform will still dominate the AMD sector in 2003, considering the limited supply of the new processors. According to sources, AMD is expected to start shipping K8 processors on a small scale in March, with total volume estimated at 20,000 units. After launch, the shipments will gradually increase but still reach only 300,000 units for the second quarter.

To me the question is, as always, what can really take advantage of this kind of processing power?  I always find that a new chip release is only good for me because it means the processors I might be interested in are about to drop in price!

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I can't begin to think of anything right now that could possibly force me to upgrade from my 2100 XP. If anything, my Ti4200 will be the first thing to give me trouble for gaming and the like.

and unnecessarily fast processing speeds

Pffffffffft! Blaspheme! And this comes from the guy who enjoys playing with calculators and electronic pads? No way. Don't even try. You're not fooling anyone!

I just want to know where the hell Barton is? I've been holding off on buying a cpu, waiting to see how these would be priced and how they will affect prices on XP2600.

"To me the question is, as always, what can really take advantage of this kind of processing power?"

Start > programs > accessories > calculator.
No wait, the windows calaculator does not continue to add with each + press.  So never mind. I guess there is no app that can use such speed.

-MrAnderson

>>And this comes from the guy who enjoys playing with calculators and electronic pads?<<

Hey, all I need is a functioning + key, and a processing speed equal or superior to the speed at which I can press that key. 

Certainly, I must be fooling someone.

if you use any 3d applications such as lightwave or 3dsmax, you can never have enough computer power.  even photoshop will use every bit of horsepower under the hood no matter what you throw at it.

also everyday people will be required to buy the new chips as soon as microsoft comes out with a new operating system and new version of office =P