AMD Unveils Spider Chipset

It can't match Intel, but it's a vast improvement, and aimed at a broader market
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Nov 19, 2007 8:18 AM CST
The dummies of a 200mm wafer, right, and a 300mm wafer, left, are seen at Advanced Micro Devices Inc., in Dresden, Germany, in this March 8, 2007 file photo.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Advanced Micro Devices introduces its long-anticipated Spider desktop chip set  today,  including a new microprocessor, a graphics processor and chips to link system components that will give gamers access to ultrarealistic images and increase computing performance. But it still can’t match Intel’s latest chip offering, reports the Wall Street Journal. One gamer says AMD chips are "worlds away" from matching Intel's performance.

Spider is a byproduct of AMD’s 2006 purchase of ATI for $5.4 billion, and it’s aimed at a lower-priced market than Intel’s top chip. It’s AMD’s first full platform of chips and is runs at 2.2gHz to 2.3gHz. At $251, it’s roughly 25% the price of an Intel chip. In January, AMD says it will introduce a 2.6gHz version.