Dell opts for AMD’s Opteron; deal confined to servers at this point

“Dell has agreed to use Advanced Micro Devices’ Opteron chip in multiprocessor servers by the end of the year, ending a long-standing policy of sticking exclusively with Intel,” Tom Krazit and Ina Fried report for CNET. “The PC maker made the move public in its first-quarter earnings press release on Thursday. Speculation has mounted for years as to whether Dell would adopt the company’s chips, despite Dell’s exclusive relationship with rival Intel to this point. AMD has enjoyed a performance lead in server benchmarks over Intel’s Xeon processors.”

“‘We welcome Dell, and Dell customers, to the world of AMD64,’ Marty Seyer, an AMD senior vice president for commercial business, said in a statement distributed after Dell’s earnings release. Dell executives delayed the start of an earnings call with the press and were unavailable to comment further. Although the deal is confined to servers at this point, it still represents another win for AMD, which has had a long string of gains over its rival,” Krazit and Fried report.

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  1. AMD is screwed once Core 2 Duo for desktops starts shipping in July. The 2.6Ghz Core 2 Duo beats a 2.8Ghz Athlon64 X2 (not even available yet), and the Core 2 Duo will be available up to 3Ghz.

  2. This is great news since Intel will no longer feel obligated to give Dell all the breaks it does now. More competitive for all PC makers to get deals with Intel. Dell is making a BIG mistake here. AMD is going nowhere. Watch for the upcoming desktop chips in August and beyond… Servers and X-Serve next…

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