Skip to comments.AMD To Replace Malfunctioning Opteron Chips
Posted on 04/29/2006 4:55:24 PM PDT by xcamel
Advanced Micro Devices wants to pull off the market and replace a series of about 3,000 Opteron x52s and x54s chips which have a high-temperature induced bug which may lead to "inconsistent results" when running floating point (FP) code.
The company announced on Friday that single-core Opteron 152, 154, 252, 254, 852 and 854 processors manufactured in late 2005 or early 2006. It seems that the issue was caused by a "test escape" and isn't a manufacturing or design problem.
Basically, the fault manifests itself when the processors are running floating point-intensive code sequences and the CPU as well as ambient temperatures are elevated, AMD stated.
AMD has launched a test available on their web site so that customers can see if their chips are affected. Free replacements will be provided by the company. A list of several contact numbers are also available.
Did somebody rush some chips to market to try to beat Intel?
Naah. Apparently AMD:s testing procedures screwed up as a result of a three-pronged clusterf*ck. Sh*t happens...
Why I am glad I bought a Pentium this time. I had AMD years ago, and promised myself that I would not get another one.