One vendor demonstrated Barcelona to DailyTech running at 1.6GHz. Current AMD Barcelona samples are not scaling too well. AMD partners confirmed the highest running, POST and OS capable, Barcelona processor is 2.0 GHz. AMD previously posted benchmarks of a simulated 2.6 GHz Barcelona.
AMD executives said motherboard designers and users of existing AMD Opteron processor-based systems using DDR2 memory will be able to upgrade from the current dual-core Opteron to the quad-core Barcelona with a BIOS upgrade as Barcelona will use the same chip sets, sockets and thermal envelopes as the dual-core processors. The chip and some systems using the chips remain on schedule for the third quarter of 2007, according to a company spokesman.