All signs were pointing to AMD announcing its new high-performance desktop processors, code-named Bulldozer and offering up to eight cores, this week at Computex, or at the latest next week at E3. However, Anandtech is reporting that the company has encountered a production delay that may push the launch back to the end of July.
In particular, the tech site says the difficulty involves "performance issues with [AMD's] B0 and B1 stepping chips." AMD is waiting to obtain better performance on the B2 chips before releasing the new CPUs. For its part, the chip company told Bright Side of News that its public roadmap has not changed, but the site also says that motherboard companies are chattering about Bulldozer delays.
To make matters worse, the hint of delays in what were supposed to be game-changing chips for AMD may be giving Intel a reason to push up the release of its forthcoming Sandy Bridge Extreme processors. At Computex, Hexus.net has already been shown a prototype of an Asus motherboard using the new Intel X79 chipset, which will support the Sandy Bridge Extreme CPUs. If Bulldozer's launch slips to August, it might not be a stretch for Intel to nudge the SB Extreme from the expected fourth quarter release date into September.
Depending on whether Intel plans to be aggressive in pricing its Extreme chips -- which it hasn't been to date -- eight-core Bulldozers still could be considerably cheaper, but any less-than-stellar performance could blunt the price advantage. We'll keep you posted when AMD officially introduces the new processors -- whether it's sooner or later.