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Has AMD's Opteron outsold Intel's Itanium in just three months?

We think it must have
Fri Jul 25 2003, 11:31
Has the old boy done it already? INTEL won't say how many Itaniums it has sold since its 64-bit chip was launched. That means it's kind of hard to test the claims of AMD at the launch of the Opteron earlier this year that its 64-bit chips would outsell all Itaniums by the end of the year.

But, in fact, it's possible that AMD has already overtaken Intel on the 64-bit stakes.

The 148 that will be used in the Cray machine we wrote about yesterday uses 10,368 Opteron chips. Dawning is about to release a 2,000 Opteron machine.

That makes 12,368 Opterons just for these two machines alone. Add the machines being built by the system integrator channel, and we reckon that Jerry Sanders III's firm has already overtaken sales of the Itanium since it was launched.

Unless, of course, Intel, you'd like to tell us differently. µ

See Also
Only 3,500 Intel Itanium servers shipped in 2002
AMD Athlon 64 939-pin chips to enter distribution next year
Chinese firm launches 2000 CPU AMD Opteron supercomputer
Cray shows off 40 TFLOPS Opteron based Red Storm
Microsoft and AMD jointly developed Hammer chips


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