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Butterfly Labs Blames Bitcoin Miner Delays On Global Foundries

In a hilarious move Buttlefly Labs is blaiming Global Foundries for the delay of their new Bitcoin miners.  This Ars Technica article follows their exploits.  I previously blasted Ars for doing a paper launch product review of one of Butterfly Labs products.  They have to be kidding if we are to believe that AMD's former fab, which made high end CPUs, can not manufacturer a simple ASIC that is a whopping 65nm part.  

 

Max Baker, a San Francisco Bay Area electrical engineer with extensive experience in FPGA and ASIC chip design, told Ars that because BFL's wafer size is at 65 nanometers, an experienced company shouldn't have these kinds of yield problems in manufacturing.

"There's more likely problems with their design," he said. "I'd say if you had all the manpower resources you need, and all the tool sets you need, and relationship with the foundry, you'd be lucky to spin an ASIC in 9 to 12 months. That's having everything lined up. If you have problems, it will take you longer. [If BFL is unfamiliar with those realities,] it would be easy to underestimate the tools that are required in order to get it done."

I think almost anyone that reads this site could have told you that.

FX-9000 Series Available Officially

AMD's PR guys sent out the following about availability on the FX-9000 systems.

 

At E3, AMD was proud to announce the world’s first commercially available 5.0 GHz CPU and today we’re happy to make the AMD FX-9000 series available exclusively through system integrators. The 8-core FX-9590, based on “Piledriver” architecture” provides customers up to 5.0 GHz of unlocked performance. Additionally, the FX-9000 series features AMD Turbo-Core 3.0 providing enthusiasts maximum computing by optimizing performance across CPU cores.

System Integrators:
· Canada Computers

· CyberPower

· iBUYPOWER

· Digital Storm

· Extreme PC

· Maingear

· Memory Express

· NCIX

· Origin PC

· Puget Systems

· Velocity Micro

AMD FX9590 "Review"

Kit Guru has sort of a review of the AMD FX9590.  They test a lot of meaningless synthetic benchmarks, and for some reason USB and SATA performance.  They test a few games, but nothing multiplayer, and nothing that anyone plays much.  They also only compare in the game benchmarks against one otther CPU, a heavily overclocked i7 3930x at 4.4GHz. Hey, if you are going to half ass a review, at least spread it out on as many pages as possible to max those ad views.  Ever hear of Battlefield 3, a threaded game that is popular?  Perhaps you saw the E3 coverage?  Anyway here is hoping for a good review to come down the pipe with some information.  I only wish I had the time.  I'm at the hospiital with a very pregnant wife posting this.

 

As a gaming processor the FX9590 is very capable however very few game developers are utilising more than three cores for their games, so with a FX9590 there are generally four or five cores idle in the background. A 3570k or FX8350 is a much more cost effective gaming processor in my opinion.

AMD FX-9370 For Sale, FX-9590 In A System

Tiger Direct has the FX-9370 in stock and for sale at $353.  Its 8 cores clocked at 4.7GHz and is unlocked.  TDP is not mentioned, but it is estimated to be around 200 watts.  Whew.  If the FX-9590 is more your speed ou have to pick up that chip in a system at Tiger Direct.

Richland A10-6800K, A8-6600K For Sale

Sure, they are not released yet, but Newegg has AMD's Richland parts for sale.  The A8-6800K clocked at 3.9GHz is here for $119.99.  The 4.1GHz A10-6800K is available for $149.99 or basicall what AMD told us. Both are 100 watt parts in AMD's Socket FM2 and they are Black Editions so they are unlocked.

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